COOKING is a family affair for Dawn and Holly Hodgson.
When Holly, 17, decided she was interested in taking a catering course at Kirklees College, mum Dawn went along to the enrolment evening to keep her company.
But Dawn was so impressed that she signed herself up for an NVQ Level 2 in professional cookery.
Now the mother and daughter team are both enrolled on full-time catering courses – and loving them.
At home they regularly cook together and discuss what they have learnt at college, as well a swapping recipe ideas.
Dawn, 36, a former landlady at the Yorkshire Victoria pub in Lockwood and the White Horse, Leeds Road, said: “I absolutely love the course, it is brilliant.
“I have always enjoyed cooking and I wanted to be in a position where I knew I could do it and hopefully get a job in catering at the end of it.
“Before, I never dreamt that I would be gutting fish and at first I didn’t want to touch them. But now you just get on with it; it’s easy.”
Her dream is to have her own restaurant, or to work as a head chef.
Holly said: “I like everything about the course and working in the production kitchens at the college.
“At home mum and I cook together and talk about what we have been making during the day.”
When the mother and daughter, who now live in Halifax, are not studying or cooking together – they are working together!
Both have evening jobs as kitchen assistants at the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn at Halifax.