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County Durham teenager qualifies as navy chef
A TRAINEE Royal Navy chef from the region has celebrated the end of his training by using his new skills to treat his family to a five-course meal.
Nathan Hilder, from Trimdon, County Durham, was among the latest chefs to complete the 26-week defence chefs’ course at the Defence Maritime Logistics School (DMLS) based at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall.
He welcomed his mum, Michelle Hilder and stepfather, Darren Swinburn, to the school, where they were invited to try their hand at some of the skills the 17-year-old had been taught.
Mrs Hilder said: “It was a long drive, but it was good to go and quite emotional to see him doing so well, particularly as he is so young - the meal was lovely.”
The former Sedgefield School pupil joined the Royal Navy in December 2012.
He began his professional chefs’ course in February this year after completing his ten-week initial naval training course.
Nathan said: “It’s nice to see my mum and stepdad and have them visit me here as I haven’t seen them for about a month.
“The course has been great, but it’s seems to have been a long time, and I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end. The meal went to plan on the day and mum and Darren really enjoyed it. They were surprised how good it was.”
With his training complete Nathan is now ready for his first posting and will shortly join the largest ship in the fleet, the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean.
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