- Created on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:02
Seafood ambassador Mitch Tonks to launch Academy at South Devon College
Mitch Tonks, award winning restaurateur, food writer and chef, living in Brixham, is joining forces with South Devon College to launch a new Seafood Academy at the College in October. Mitch and the College share a passion for raising the standards of fish cookery amongst both the next generation of fish chefs, and existing staff working in the food and drink sector in South Devon.
The Academy will be launched officially by Mitch Tonks at the College on 10 October, from 4-6pm.
Mitch Tonks said
“South Devon College is all about developing the potential of young people; working with them to open the ‘Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy’ is going to be a serious part of that. Working with the tutors at the college is a treat. The college has state of the art facilities and a team who are dedicated and committed to getting the best out of everyone around them - it’s an honour and a pleasure to be involved. I really want to help inspire young people to see this route as a great one for their future.”
College Principal, Stephen Criddle, said
“We share a passion for excellence with Mitch and are delighted to announce this new and dynamic partnership. Mitch is brimming with ideas about how to inspire the next generation and we really welcome his support. There are many exciting jobs available in hospitality and tourism, both locally and further afield; we believe Mitch will encourage more young people to consider a career as a professional chef. “
Mitch is recognised as one of the leading seafood chefs and restaurateurs in the UK, with 3 restaurants in Bristol and Dartmouth. His knowledge, enthusiasm and energy have won him many accolades include Best fishmonger, Best fish restaurant and Restaurateur of the year. Mitch Tonks & Mat Prowse‘s acclaimed Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth has had its success further reinforced by being awarded Best Seafood Restaurant in the Which Good Food 2013 guide. RockFish in Dartmouth has also just been named for the 3rd year running as one of the UK’s top 10 independent fish & chip restaurants with the winner to be announced in January.
Mitch is also a food writer and has written 5 cookery books, the latest published earlier this year.
As part of the Academy, one of the training kitchens at the College will be designated ‘The Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy’, where Mitch and the team at the Seahorse will run master-classes for existing college students as well as for chefs already working in the sector locally. Mitch will work with the College’s Chef Lecturer teaching team to enhance the curriculum for full time students and apprentices, providing a special focus on world class fish dishes. He will also host a speciality fish supper at the College’s fine dining restaurant, Horizons, prepared and cooked by Mitch working with college students. Mitch will also be supporting students who are entering national culinary competitions.
For further information about Mitch, please visit www.mitchtonks.co.uk
Anyone interested can find out more at a promotional event at Brixham’s Fishstock on September 8th, when Mitch and Head of Catering, Hospitality and Tourism at the College, David Galpin, will be available for a photoshoot at 2.30pm.