17 year old identical twins, Weronika and Martyna Opas from Erdington in Birmingham, enrolled at Bournville College in 2017. As the twins live close to Gravelly Hill train station, it is only a 30 or 40 minute journey to get to college.
Weronika now studies Level 2 Professional Cookery and Martyna Level 2 Food and Beverage Service.
Both were inspired to study at Bournville after attending an Open Day and taking a tour of the facilities.
“When I saw the Karibunis training restaurant and the kitchens,” beamed Weronika, “I thought wow! I really want to study here.”
Both young ladies have really enjoyed their time studying and have taken part in many of the student enhancement opportunities the College offers, from hotel takeovers, to trips abroad and taking part in various competitions.
In 2018 a total of 25 College students spent a week shadowing members of staff of the Holiday Inn in Bromsgrove. The programme was designed to encourage more young people to work in the hospitality industry.
Recalling her work experience at the hotel Martyna said, “It was so much fun. I was responsible for preparing breakfast and lunch and I also did some serving. I hope I get to do it again this year.”
In December, Martyna and Weronika travelled to Cordoba in Spain to take part in a two week work experience project. Weronika worked in the kitchen of the famous restaurant Bandolero and Martyna worked as a waitress in a busy casual dining restaurant.
The highlight of Martyna’s time at the College so far was taking part in a hospitality and catering competition, where she received a silver medal for napkin folding and a trophy for Best Visiting Front of House.
Martyna’s recent success has really thrown the gauntlet to her sister and created a friendly sibling rivalry. Weronika is now determined to win more gold medals and trophies than anyone has ever achieved at the College. Next year she wants to enter into three or four different catering categories.
When asked about their hopes and dreams for their future, both said that they have already decided to progress to Level 3 in their respective disciplines come September. Weronika added, “I eventually want to work in the kitchen of a 5 star restaurant. Not sure where yet though.” Martyna wants to go to university after completing her Level 3 course, though is waiting to decide what and where.
Section Leader for Hospitality and Catering, Wayne Scarce praised the twins, saying ““Both Weronika and Martyna have worked hard during their first two years, showing very good attendance and course work. Martyna’s amazing achievement against learners from 6 other colleges at the recent competition, shows her determination to succeed in everything she does, but she’ll need to be at her best next year as the sibling rivalry has prompted Weronika to compete as well, vowing to achieve more medals.”
We wish them both the best of luck and look forward to following their progress and rivalry next year.
To study Hospitality and Catering, visit sccb.ac.uk/courses/hospitality-catering