Cookery students at TyneMet should be "tremendously proud of themselves", according to their teacher.

It follows two days of award-winning work by representatives of the college at the North East Culinary Trade awards.

Senior Lecturer, Lynn Mitchinson says sheer hard work and determination led to a list of medal winning performances in front of expert judges and a 400-strong audience at the event at Gosforth Park Racecourse.

And Lynn put in a huge effort herself to come third in the professional competition to find 'North East Chef of the Year.'

Three gold, three silver and a bronze award were collected by students from TyneMet.

Jenni Hadath picked up a silver in the 'knife skills' competition. Jenni had just 20 minutes to create delicately presented vegetables which had to be precise down to the last millimetre. Jenni became a student last year. She said: "I've always been interested in cooking and when I lost my job last year in a café I thought this is it - this is my chance to do what I want to do."

The other winners were:

Gold: Daryl Duffy, Anthony Penrith

Silver: Thomas Bell, Luke Orwin

Bronze: Shaunah Grahamslaw.

Lynn Mitchinson said: "The students should be tremendously proud of themselves and the ones that came close but didn't win have now got that fire in their eyes and now know how to get there."

For Lynne to take third place in the North East Chef of the Year competition she had to produce an elaborate three course gourmet meal in under three hours with mystery ingredients presented to her at the start. But she kept her calm. She said: "I love it. I just switch-off and get on with it."

Student Daryl Duffy acted as her assistant and at one point he had to switch her main dish of rack of lamb to another kitchen at the venue when Lynne's oven broke down.

After this success, plans are in place for a seafood championships at Grimsby Institute in June in which TyneMet students are hoping to do well.

And of course, all this award-winning cookery can be sampled in the TyneMet restaurant…at a bargain price!