At the end of January, South & City Hospitality and Catering students brought back a record haul of medals from a competition organised by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College to showcase their skills.
More than 70 students travelled to the college’s Nuneaton campus to compete in the event. Other colleges that took part included City of Liverpool College, Cheshire College and Central Bedfordshire College.
Judge Mark Fletcher, Executive Chef at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford has over 20 years’ experience creating dishes within Michelin starred restaurants and leading hotels around the UK. Mark said, “It is great to see so much fresh new talent coming through from further education. We need to train the chefs of the future and leave the industry in good hands and events like this provide an excellent platform for them to test their skills. The competition standard has been very high, and I wish the students well in the future careers.”
“I am really proud of our students and the 100% effort they have exhibited.” Said David Hampton, tutor in Hospitality and Catering at South & City. “We are achieving a Centre of Excellence. Our students get a wealth of high-quality, real world experiences, from working in the college’s commercial restaurant Karibunis, which receives outstanding customer feedback for both food and service, to other work experience and entering competitions.”
Most of our competitors were competing for the first time, however for Level 3 student Weronika Opas, 2020 saw her bronze for a Victoria sponge last year, turn into a Best in Class.
She said, “I was so nervous on the journey over to Nuneaton, but as soon as I got to my station and was ready to start, my confidence returned.”
Abigail Lee, a Level 2 Professional Cookery student who received a Bronze in the street food category said, “I was so incredibly nervous. When my name was called to go to my station, it didn’t seem real, it felt like a bad dream. But after speaking to my tutors, my anxiety levels reduced enough so I could continue to take part.
“After I’ve completed my course at college, I plan to go to university to study culinary art, probably at the University of Wolverhampton.”
Level 2 Hospitality student Liam Garvey who received two bronzes for napkin folding and table laying said of the competition, “Although this was my competition, I wasn’t too nervous as I had practiced a lot both at college and at home.”
When asked what he wanted to do after he has finished his education, Liam said, “Having been inspired by watching Downton Abbey, I’d quite like to work in a stately home as a footman, or for a royal household such as Windsor Castle.”
Fellow Level 2 Hospitality student Aaliyah Sitaram won best Front of House student and silver for both cocktails & coffee and the table laying categories. Aaliyah spoke about her time in college so far, “I visited two other college open days and South & City definitely had a different vibe; I didn’t feel like a number, I felt welcomed and wanted. I really didn’t enjoy school or do very well. I genuinely love it here.
“My current plans for the future are to progress and complete my Level 3 in Hospitality, then go on to university to study business, as my long-term plan is to become a manager of a 4 or 5 star hotel.”
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