Deputy PM drops into Stein’s

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The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow on Friday to meet young people who have been given an opportunity to start their careers in one of the country’s top restaurants.

L-R: Paul Harwood, head chef, St Petroc’s Bistro /Apprenticeship mentor; Rick Stein; Nick Clegg; Glenn Barker, professional cookery apprentice chef at The Seafood Restaurant

Apprentices and staff welcomed the DPM to showcase their commitment to getting young people working and developing their careers. The Seafood Restaurant supports the Deputy Prime Minister’s £1 billion Youth Contract initiative to get all young people earning or learning and offers a number of training initiatives for all its employees.

Clegg was given a tour of Padstow Seafood School, where aspiring chefs are trained and met apprentices on the Professional Cookery Apprenticeship scheme. Their cookery skills were demonstrated during a tasting session with the Deputy Prime Minister.

Stein commented: “I hate to see so many young people unemployed. We welcome the Youth Contract and I hope many other restaurateurs will sign up to help young people get jobs and training. It’s enormously important for all of us.”

Clegg added: “It’s truly inspiring to have met these young people and witness the incredible skills they have learned. I clearly have a long way to go to match their culinary abilities. The Seafood Restaurant is taking on local young people to give them training and lasting careers– and that’s what the Youth Contract is all about.

“I hope other restaurateurs in Cornwall and across the country come forward to offer young people similar opportunities.”

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