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Published on 27/02/2020 by DTHACK

Lancashire food heroes worked alongside student chefs to give Blackpool diners a mouthwatering experience.

Paul Heathcote MBE and Nigel Haworth led a brigade of Blackpool and the Fylde College professional cookery students through a five-course menu featuring the best of produce from across the county.

Diners at the college’s Level 6 restaurant devoured dishes including a main course of venison and black pudding. 

Supporting the star chefs were B&FC students including Will Clegg, who will soon be representing B&FC in national heats of the prestigious Toque d'Or competition.

Nigel Haworth masterminded the iconic annual food festival Obsession, which this year attracted 18 chefs with 15 Michelin stars to the Northcote restaurant where he spent many years as head chef.

Paul Heathcote heads up two restaurants - Olive Press Preston and Heathcote's Brasserie - and chairs the north’s Academy of Culinary Arts.

B&FC lecturer Jordan Kehoe said working alongside the industry giants was a proud moment for professional cookery students.

"We provide a range of exciting opportunities to inspire our students' imagination and creativity," he said.

"Both chefs were very impressed with B&FC students who accepted the challenge to deliver such a complex and skilled menu.

"On the back of their hard work students have been offered some exciting work experience opportunities."

The B&FC team is working alongside Nigel Haworth and Paul Heathcote on the Reg Johnson Young Chef Schools Competition, which brings secondary school students into colleges' professional kitchens to assemble regional dishes with local produce.