Bournville College catering student wins a medal in a prestigious competition

College News and Communications
Monday, 08 April 2019 11:18

Ryan Hyslop, 23 from Kings Norton came third in the prestigious Wing Yip Young Chef Competition 2019. The competition offers aspiring chefs between the ages of 18-25 years, the chance to showcase their culinary talent and develop their skills. Ryan competed against 14 other chefs from venues across the country, such as the House of Commons and The Belfry.

Ryan said, “Third place is great to be honest. It feels like a win to me, considering who I was up against.”

Hospitality and Catering tutor David Hampton added, “This is a fantastic result for Ryan and the college, it shows what can be achieved by learners who are dedicated and wish to extend their knowledge and experience by entering competitions.”

Ryan’s culinary interest started when he worked at various eateries part-time; from Subway to Toby Carvery pubs. He wanted to challenge himself to achieve more, so came to an open day at Bournville College to see how he could drive his new found passion further. Ryan is currently studying Professional Cookery Level 3 at Bournville College. In addition to his latest success, Ryan has also won a gold medal at a recent inter-college culinary competition.

David Hampton remembers him coming to the open day, “He was going to sign-up to a Level 2 catering course, but he showed so much energy and such a passion for catering, that I took him on at a Level 3. Since day one, his attendance and punctuality has been superb, he always gets involved in extra activities and is always the last to leave and eager to learn and improve. His whole attitude makes him a pleasure to teach and I’m really proud of him.”

Ryan has a multi-stage plan for his future. Once he finishes his course, he wants to work on cruise ships for several years, getting plenty of experience and then go on to work in a Michelin star restaurant, with the ultimate plan of owning his own restaurant.

“If I could work for anyone,” Ryan said, “I’d love to work under Gordon Ramsay. I think he would be a really good mentor. Birmingham’s own Michelin star celebrity chef Glynn Purnell worked under Ramsay and look how his career has taken off.”

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