Culinary expertise coming to George Hicks

Student at George Hicks High School will get a chance to learn culinary secrets from one of Manchester’s trendiest eateries – Sweet Mandarin.

They will be treated to a one-hour master class on at 11.30am, 14 January, with master chef, Lisa Tse who has lined up a course on dim sum and fruit origami.

The Cayman initiative is collaboration between Ms Tse, CEO of Sweet Mandarin, and Catriona Shields, home economics teacher at the George Hicks campus.

The full time students are studying for their GCSEs, aged between 11 and 17.

At Sweet Mandarin in Manchester, students get hands-on experience at Sweet Mandarin. A rota system is being put in place and groups of between two and three at a time will be gaining work experience at the chic restaurant at The Design House in the Northern Quarter on a day release basis from the college, states a press release.

‘We are really excited to be working with George Hicks,’ said 30-year-old Ms Tse, co-owner of Sweet Mandarin along with her sisters Helen and Janet. ‘We’ve put together a plan that will give the students hands-on experience of how a busy Chinese kitchen operates but underlining the whole scheme will be the emphasis on quality which is why we are calling it School of Excellence.’

‘When my students heard about the opportunity to train with Lisa Tse from the Sweet Mandarin School of Excellence they were queuing up to attend. And I was at the front of the queue,’ said Ms Shields. ‘As a full time teacher I have to keep my hand by doing a certain amount of practical work experience and I can’t wait to have a go at preparing stuff like dim sum.

‘It’s a unique chance for us all to learn the very special art of Chinese cooking as none of us are Chinese or have Chinese connections.’

Sweet Mandarin opened 2 November, 2004, with the first cook-off for students in the North West.

Ms Tse has been featured in the Sunday Times, Guardian, Chamber of Commerce, North West Enquirer, Start Talking Ideas.