A kitchen assistant has learned from a renowned chef as he aims to bring five-star skills back to the city's Maryhill.

Mark Lynch, a kitchen assistant at Wyndford Locks Care Home, was selected from over 900 catering staff to join chef CJ Jackson in London’s historic Billingsgate Fish Market.

He was nominated for the prestigious opportunity by his manager Karen Watson who was blown away by the local chef’s passion and potential.

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Mark was treated to a private masterclass from CJ Jackson, the principal and chief executive of the prestigious Billingsgate Seafood School.

He also toured the market and discussed the health benefits of fish for older people, from reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease to slowing the development of dementia.

Mark will be looking to this five-star flare back to Maryhill, applying the lessons from the masterclass to develop nutritious and imaginative meals for local residents.

He said: “I was overjoyed to be selected to attend the masterclass from hundreds of professionals across the country.

"Learning from a chef as renowned as CJ Jackson was a real pinch-me moment, and I picked up lots of new ideas that I am excited to put into practice at Wyndford Locks Care Home.

"I am hugely grateful to my home manager for nominating me for this opportunity – I had a wonderful experience and thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

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Mark Meacham, Head of Catering and Housekeeping Support Services at HC-One, added: "The day has provided an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of Mark and some of our other HC-One colleagues who are such vital parts of our care homes.

It was a joy to be able to provide them with the chance to learn and expand their knowledge as we support them to go from strength to strength in care home catering careers.

"Thank you to everyone involved including Robot Coupe for sponsoring the day and to CJ Jackson for providing such excellent and informative sessions."