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Loaf is good

Students Jessica Taylor, Matthew Brown, Rachel Lowden and Brogan Wallis, with curriculum leader Rob Stewart

Catering students at Sunderland College don’t ‘knead’ any help baking delicious loaves and cakes thanks to a generous ‘dough-nation’.

Budding bakers studying at the college’s Hylton campus are now using brand new industrial-standard equipment to produce beautifully baked breads and patisserie items.

Thanks to a £43,000 grant from the Savoy Educational Trust, a high quality oven, prover, bread slicer and three mixers have been installed in the college’s teaching kitchen.

They will be used in new bakery classes which will run in addition to the catering students’ core curriculum as part of the college’s enrichment programme.

These work readiness bakery sessions are designed to develop students’ bakery and patisseries skills as well as provide practical experience in a typical bakery environment.

The baked goods made in classes will be sold on campus and will supply the college’s fully-operational restaurant The Lounge, which has been awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by Tripadvisor.

Rob Stewart, catering and hospitality curriculum leader, said: “We are over the moon to have the brand new equipment.  It’s going to make a real difference to all of our students and will allow us to develop and grow our learning provision further.”

Sunderland College currently offers seven full-time and two part-time courses in catering and hospitality, and it will be launching a new adult course in early 2015.

In September 2016 all courses in this subject area will be transferred to the college’s flagship City Campus, which is currently in development and will feature state-of-the-art equipment and learning areas including a new bakery, two teaching kitchens, a large training kitchen and a modern restaurant and bar.

The college’s long-term aim is to develop the bakery into a self-sufficient business, and once the new campus is open, a full-time baker will be appointed to develop the commercial aspect of this area.

Rob added: “The bakery is a key part of our delivery and offers a real chance for students to develop these key skills. We have big plans for this area moving forward so it’s a very exciting time for us all.”

Margaret Georgiou, of the Savoy Educational Trust, said: “The trustees are delighted to provide funding for the new bakery equipment at Sunderland College.”

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