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Head chef's new menu just the job for students

Liam McEvoy from Belfast on his passion for food and teaching

Liam is head chef at Loaf Catering and Cafes social enterprise which has managed the Bobbin Cafe at Belfast City Hall since last year.

Its latest venture opens at the site of the old burnt-out Oak Bar on the Grosvenor Road on June 16.

The new cafe and bakery will create 10 jobs along with 100 placements for catering trainees with learning difficulties during the coming year.

Liam received the Now Champion of the Year award at its 2013 graduation celebration, acknowledging his mentorship of catering trainees with learning difficulties.

Liam said: "I have been a chef and outside caterer since I was 16.

"I love food and helping people learn more about it.

"We are looking forward to a new challenge and getting our menu up.

"I will be using all the students from the Now project where possible.

"They will be preparing our sausage rolls, pastries, prepping for our soups and stews.

"We are offering super foods, salads and basing our new project on healthy food to go.

"People could come in and take the food they buy over to the Royal Victoria Hospital as we are very close to the site.

"It's very exciting. We can't wait to get our teeth into things, push forward and make a big impression."

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