A Burton college lecturer is putting his culinary skills to the test by cooking for Team GB cyclists at a prestigious international competition.

Sean Sleigh, head chef at the Mulberry Restaurant, based at Burton and South Derbyshire College, was yesterday due to travel to the Netherlands to cook for the athletes at the 2018 Union Cycliste Internationale Track Cycling World Championships.

The competition was due to start yesterday, February 28, in Apeldoorn and runs until Sunday, March 4.

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Speaking before his departure, Mr Sleigh said: "I'm excited to have been asked to get involved.

"We will be serving up a varied menu of good, clean food that is low in fat and nutrient-dense.

Hopefully the food we serve will prepare our athletes to win some world titles for Team GB."

Sean Sleigh will be heading to the Netherlands to cook for the team

Mr Sleigh has been a lecturer at the college in Lichfield Street for 14 years.

He has experience in the catering industry, having previously worked as a chef at the Savoy Hotel in London, as well as alongside Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan.

During the competition, Mr Sleigh will work as part of the Performance Chef team, a company that specialises in food for athletes including meal planning, recovery strategies and race fuelling.

Among the team of athletes heading to the championship are husband-and-wife duo Laura and Jason Kenny, who are two of the most successful Olympic champions in British cycling history.

More about Apeldoorn

Apeldoorn is located in the heart of the forest-rich hills of the Veluwe and, with its 160,000 inhabitants, it is the 11th-largest city in the Netherlands.

The villages Beekbergen, Hoenderloo, Loenen, Hoog Soeren, Radio Kootwijk, Klarenbeek, Winches, Ugchelen, Wenum-Wiesel and Uddel also fall within the municipal boundaries of Apeldoorn.

The street scene is dominated by greenery. Beautiful gardens and parks can be found both by the centre and throughout the city's neighborhoods.

Apeldoorn is the largest city on the Veluwe and an excellent base for the green surroundings and the many attractions and residential locations on the Veluwe.

Apeldoorn also offers many events and festivals for its residents, tourists and business visitors.

With the Dragon Boat Festival, the Beach Volleyball World Cup, the Giro d'Italia, Roots in the Woods and the TROS music festival in the square, there is something for everyone.

Apeldoorn has versatile catering and retail offerings in the city centre and has a number of well-known major attractions, such as the Apenheul, Julianatoren, Paleis het Loo and the Coda Museum.

In March 2011 the World Championship Track Cycling was held in Apeldoorn in the Omnisport.

Medals were won by Kirsten Wild, the pairing of Theo Bos and Peter Schep, Marianne Vos and Teun Mulder.