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Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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LOCAL catering student Gareth Byron, 19, has made it through to the final of a nation-wide 'Design a Dish' competition. Gareth, who is currently enrolled on the Whitbead Chef Modern Apprenticeship Programme at Liverpool Community College, beat stiff competition to make it through to the final four.

Gareth works at the Stonecross Brewers Fayre near Warrington was put forward for the annual competition by a course tutor. The competition is open to all Whitbread Modern Apprenticeship students who are completing their second year of study. Gareth succeeded in beating students from several other restaurants during a succession of heats.

Gareth and the other three finalists will each design and produce a starter and a main course, using two chickens and local chosen produce that falls within a strict budget of £10. Brewers Fayre prides itself on serving traditional favorites with a contemporary twist to its customers and Gareth plans to do the same. 

Gareth says:- "The Design a Dish competition is great! It's motivating to think that we may one day see our designs on the menu."

The winner of the Design a Dish competition will participate in this year's Culinary Olympics in Germany, where they will compete as part of the British Craft Guild of Chef's Team. 

The Whitbread Modern Apprenticeship Scheme is aimed at school-leavers and all under-24's who are excited by the idea of becoming a chef. 


LIVERPOOL CULTURE Co. announced this week that Kevin Johnson decided to step down saying "It is with great disappointment that we announce that Kevin Johnson who was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Liverpool Culture Company in December has decided to step down from his role for personal reasons.

Kevin has been carrying out his role on a part-time basis since January whilst commuting long distance, but now no longer plans to relocate his family from Scotland where they are very settled.

In the short-time Kevin has been with the organisation he has played a key role in the creation and development of the Liverpool Culture Company, designed to run the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008 and the city's significant investment in major events over the next four years.

We wish Kevin and his family well with their future plans."

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