A Castle Douglas chef has launched an online programme designed to help home cooks improve their skills during lockdown.

Tony Budde, who is Dumfries and Galloway College’s chef instructor and assessor, has been teaching viewers how to make treats including tomato and olive bread, jaffa cakes with lemon posset and homemade curry in a series of popular online videos.

The award-winning chef has been using Facebook to publish his videos which have also included teaching his audience how to step up their summer BBQ game.

Tony intends to continue posting his content and sharing his years of experience and insight in the kitchen with viewers throughout lockdown.

The free online content forms part of Dumfries and Galloway College’s commitment to ensuring that learning and teaching continues throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Principal, Joanna Campbell, has dedicated her team and her college to being part of the upskilling and reskilling, as well as the economic recovery, that Scotland will need after Covid-19.

She said: “Tony is a well-respected and popular figure at the heart of our college community and he is always keen to go above and beyond to share his love of cooking.

“These videos will help his viewers come up with new ideas and learn new skills during this period of lockdown and we’re all grateful to him for creating them.

“Innovation and the use of technology to deliver remote learning are fundamental to our vision at Dumfries and Galloway College and, as usual, Tony has been at the forefront of delivering that vision.”

Tony has also teamed up with a number of shops in Castle Douglas to hold a special event on June 5.

This cookery class will teach people how to make a spicy lamb curry. Anyone interested in taking part needs to book a space and order an ingredient box - which includes wine.

The only ingredients that will require to be added are rice, naan bread and oil.

To take part – and to see Tony’s free videos for the college - check out the Chef Tony Budde Facebook page.