Bainbridge student plans to use chef skills to fund world trip

Chloe Johnson.

Catering is proving to be a budding chef’s cup of tea as she develops her career ready for a world trip.

Darlington College student Chloe Johnson works in her mother’s teashop at Aysgarth Falls, in Wensleydale, while also studying a foundation degree in hospitality and tourism.

And her recent work placement with celebrated chef Sean Wrest proved to be an inspiration as she hones her culinary skills.

Sean, another Darlington College alumni, was instrumental in securing York its first Michelin Star, Roots, which is owned by Tommy Banks, who also runs the Black Swan at Oldstead, near Thirsk.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but knew A levels weren’t for me,” said Chloe, 20, of Bainbridge.

“I work in my mum’s teashop and decided to study a foundation degree at Darlington College, after successfully gaining my level 2 and 3 diplomas in pastry and confectionary.

“I visited New York with college which was amazing and really want to go travelling around the world using my chef skills to pay my way.

“Working with Sean and his team at Ye Horns Inn, Goosnargh, a 17th century, Grade II listed building in Preston, was mind-blowing and has inspired me for the future.”

Lecturer Dawn Cobb-Neate said: “The opportunities available to our students are off the scale.

“They really can work anywhere in the world after learning their skills at Darlington College and we have ex-students working in top restaurants all over the globe.

“It’s credit to Chloe that she fully appreciates what this industry can offer and I’m confident she will grab any opportunities with both hands.”