Level 3 apprentice, Jessica Edwards, shone at a recent Institute of Hospitality Student Awards, as she was crowned 'Institute of Hospitality - Southern Branch, Pastry Chef Student of the Year'.
Jessica who is on the Specialised Chef programme at The College, is carrying out her placement at the Corinthia Hotel, London. She fought off stiff competition to be awarded the accolade which was sponsored by Yate Supplies. Jessica, along with the other 11 finalists across three categories, were invited to an awards ceremony held at Lainston House Hotel near Winchester.
The competition was open to Level 2 and Level 3 students from Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset, and saw students representing Bournemouth & Poole, Eastleigh, South Downs, Kingston Maurward, Basingstoke, Brockenhurst and Highbury colleges.
Jessica said: “Winning this award is an incredible honour. Whenever I am in the kitchen, my main aim is to give each and every customer the best possible experience and put a smile on their face. I love to experiment and create wonderful treats from ordinary ingredients.”
There were further celebrations as Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery student, Hannah Fisher, was also a highly commended finalist during the awards ceremony. She was shortlisted in the category ‘Institute of Hospitality - Southern Branch, Student Chef of the Year’ only narrowly missing out. Hannah is successfully concluding her studies with The College in July after three years and will be progressing to Brighton University in September to embark on a Degree in Culinary Arts.
Hannah explains “I have learnt so much and I am keen to develop my knowledge and progress myself further. I have had such great training and support at The College and can’t thank them enough. They have made me hungry for more!”
Tracy Butler, Learning Manager for Catering commented: “Jessica and Hannah are highly motivated individuals and have shown dedication towards their studies. Their skills and finesse at their tender ages and so early on in their careers is remarkable. They have made us very proud this evening”