COOKING

Glenn McCrory and Olivier Bernard are cooking up a storm for the unemployed

cooking up a storm

The pair are delivering an employability course in Newcastle to get North East people back into work.

World champion Glenn McCrory is swapping his boxing gloves for oven gloves to help the unemployed… and has a few famous faces in his corner.

The former Cruiserweight champion has called former Newcastle United star Olivier Bernard in his challenge to get people in the North East off the dole.

The pair are delivering an employability course in catering and their first ten students are expected to enroll on Monday.

Glenn, who grew up in Stanley, County Durham, and knows all too well what it’s like to be in and out of work, said: “When I left school I didn’t have a job and I signed on the dole.

“I left school with no education or qualifications and had expectations of going down the mine but then they all closed.

“When I won the world title at 24 I was on the dole, I remember telling a TV crew that I the first thing I was doing was telling Stanley jobcentre I wouldn’t be signing on any more. Four weeks later I got a job at Sky.

“Olivier and I both know what it’s like to be unemployed. We have struggled through at times and we are still struggling now.

“We are trying to do something different. We are here trying to get the unemployed back into work.”

The course, entitled 10 out of 10, will take place upstairs in the Black Bull, on Barrack Road, in Newcastle, which has recently been transformed into a kitchen and dining room.

Students will be taught a range of skills ranging from food safety, hygiene, nutrition, bar work and cookery.

They will also get the chance to cook and serve three course lunch to potential employers, as well as receive a certificate at the end of the week.

High profile chefs and catering experts will also be on hand to offer advice during the week.

Glenn, who has cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants and with some of the country’s best chefs, said: “We want to tell people to come to us. The course is all about lifting people’s self esteem and giving them the motivation for work, as well as learning some basic skills.

“Olivier and I are very well known in the region and it will be easy to speak to our friends who might have place for some of the people on the course.

“If they pass the course they could actually find work through it.

“It’s unique and there’s nothing else like it. There’s no other course that has a former Premiership footballer and a world class boxer teaching it.”

Glenn and Olivier have invested in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and dining room, which is located above the Black Bull pub, situated close to St James’ Park.

As well as being home of the course, the facilities will also host private dining functions and provide food on match-days from the first home game of the season on August 1.

Sunday lunches will also be served at the Black Bull from August 2 and one of Terry Laybourne’s most senior lieutenants Glen Robson will be helping out in the kitchen.

The employability courses will run for one week from Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

For information about the course or about private dining at the Black Bull contact us.