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29 November 2011

Assembly Committee Cooks Up A Treat

The Committee for Employment and Learning hosted its own ‘Masterchef’ style event with trainees from the Belfast based NOW organisation. Trainees prepared a four course meal, dressed the tables and ushered guests to the event at Parliament Buildings. Committee Chair Basil McCrea is pictured with trainees Daniel Benson and Brendan Donnelly.Nine trainees from the NOW project (North and West Belfast), which trains and supports young people with learning difficulties, got the opportunity to show off their culinary and hospitality skills at a recent event hosted by the Assembly’s Committee for Employment and Learning.

The Masterchef-style inspired culinary event involved the young people, in preparing and serving a four course meal. On hand to taste the fruits of their labour were specially invited guests including parents and family as well as Members of the Employment and Learning Committee.

Keeping a careful eye on the proceedings were two of Northern Ireland’s best known chefs, Balloo House’s Danny Miller and Andy Rea from Mourne Seafood Bar and Cookery School. Both chefs said they were completely blown away by the levels of skill, creativity and determination shown by the young people involved.



Popular local food critic, John Ferris who compered the event was also impressed – promising a top notch review for the young people and their achievements.

We left the final word to Committee Chairperson, Basil McCrea MLA:
“This event has been a fantastic opportunity for the Employment and Learning Committee to work with NOW and its trainees. Helping adults with learning disabilities achieve independence by developing skills is not just important, it is crucial if we want to encourage everyone to be full members of our society.”

Committee for Employment and Learning Committee Chairperson Basil McCrea pictured with NOW trainees Janette Green and Paula Toal.Committee for Employment and Learning Committee Chairperson Basil McCrea pictured with NOW trainee David Smyth.