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Chinese Olympic chefs train in UK
Chinese chefs at Hastings College
The college was welcoming 15 chefs to its kitchens
The Chinese government is sending 400 chefs to college in East Sussex for lessons in western-style cooking.

The chefs will cook for spectators and athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Groups of chefs heading to Hastings College over the coming months will be providing western cuisine at the Quigdao International Sailing Centre.

Principal Sue Middlehurst said the chefs were being sent to colleges around the world to learn how to cater for "a global mix of visitors".

International relations

She said: "We are very proud to have been selected as the UK training destination and are looking forward to helping the chefs get a better understanding of western food."

And she added: "Hastings College has always enjoyed very strong international relations and for many years has hosted students from across the world

"I have no doubt that college catering tutors will ensure the Olympic chefs will return to China with a number of new cooking skills."

Dr Tim Strickland, college director of international operations, said the project complemented other work the college had done involving China and the Middle East.

Fifteen chefs have flown from China this week, to arrive at the college on Wednesday.

They were met by Ms Middlehurst, and 16-year-old Max Richardson from Hastings Sailing Club who recently won an under-19 world sailing championship.

The teenager said: "It is great to know that the Chinese Olympic organisers are doing everything they can to ensure our athletes are able to maintain the type of diet they are used to."

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