The owners of a catering company are giving aspiring young chefs experience on the job.
Tracy and Eddie Gregory of Banbury Catering & Events have just opened a new premises at the Beaumont Business Centre in Banbury.
They are now taking on between three and five students each day from Banbury and Bicester College to work in their kitchen.
Mrs Gregory, who trained at the college in Broughton Road, Banbury, herself, said: “I have always kept in contact with the college and we are giving the students all of the time and training free of charge as a thank you.
“We have spent a lot of money on the kitchen and this is the perfect place for students to gain good work experience and learn different techniques. The students absolutely love it here as they have an opportunity to get one-to-one teaching.”
Students cook a variety of different dishes every day.
Mrs Gregory said: “A lot of the students also volunteer their evenings to cook at the different events we have. It is so rewarding seeing them really happy and enjoying their work, and they always ask if they can come back. It has been constantly busy since we opened and we hope it can continue and we go from strength to strength.”
Banbury Catering & Events specialises in providing hot and cold buffets for both private and corporate customers.
Mr and Mrs Gregory had been working from their home in Middleton Cheney but as their business grew they needed more space. They opened their new base on October 4.
Nicholas Turner, Banbury town mayor, said: “It is exceptional to see a business being able to give young people this kind of opportunity.
“I don’t think there are many places like this.”