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Roseanna meets Perthshire's newest Star Chef


The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire recently visited the hospitality department at Perth College UHI.

During her visit, Ms Cunningham had the opportunity to meet Jamie MacKinnon, - Perthshire star of the BBC 2 programme 'The Chef's Protégé' - and his lecturer, Iain Gibb.

Describing his experience so far, Jamie MacKinnon told Ms Cunningham:

"I've learned so much from the experience of working with Tom Kitchen. This competition has given me confidence in my cooking as well as in myself. I realised whilst doing some part time work in a kitchen that I was very interested in becoming a chef. I'm now a professional hospitality student, taking advantage of an apprenticeship.

"I'm very grateful for all the support and training that Mr Gibb and Perth College have given me. This has been a fantastic experience which has changed my life in so many ways."

Speaking following the visit, Ms Cunningham said:

"I was delighted to see the incredible work which is being done by Perth College in the hospitality school. Students here are happy, confident and are learning vital practical skills for their future careers.

"Jamie's story is a great success and is proof of the Scottish Government's commitment to tackling youth unemployment.

"Scotland has lower unemployment and higher employment rates amongst our young people compared to the UK. Meeting Jamie and the other students reinforced just how important the work of the Scottish Government is in this respect. Investing in our young people is having a positive effect on so many folk's lives."

After tonight's episode of 'The Chef's Protégé', Ms Cunningham added her congratulations to Jamie on successfully being picked as Tom Kitchin's protégé for the next stage of the programme, saying:

"Many congratulations to Jamie and a big well done, too, to Jordan who just missed out but can be proud of what he achieved in getting that far. They and the others competitors from Perth College have been a real credit to the training they are receiving there and I am sure that everyone will join me in wishing Jamie all the very best of luck for the rest of the competition and his planned career as a chef."

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