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21st April 2020
Siobhan Sweet, a Pastry Tutor at The City of Liverpool College, has seen her online cookery lessons go global, reaching thousands of views across more than seven countries, as people look to take on new skills as a result of social distancing.
Siobhan has been delivering her cookery skills lessons via live video, to ensure students can continue to receive their vocational training while they are learning from home.
However, she has seen not just her own students taking part and tuning in to these videos, but people from all over the world, including some of the worst affected countries by COVID-19 such as America, Italy and Spain, who are looking for a way to fill their time and learn new skills whilst staying at home.
Siobhan has over two decades of industry experience, has previously worked as pastry chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant and has even worked with the likes of Paul Hollywood, now of ‘The Great British Bake-Off’ fame.
The sessions, which are streamed live via Zoom and Facebook and then uploaded to YouTube, have resulted in Siobhan receiving hundreds of messages of thanks from her audience, including parents, for creating an incredible sense of community spirit. She said:
“It has been amazing to see how many people are enjoying the lessons. We’ve had some really positive feedback not just from our own students who have really benefitted from us making the training virtual, but from people who we’ve never even met!
“Whether they are a student or not, I’m delighted that we’re able to provide people with something to distract them from the difficult time that we are all facing.”
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