Higher up the food chain

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Turning up the heat in the hospitality industry is Rhys Haggerwood who, at the age of 19, has his sights set on running his own restaurant.

Rhys has just won the Student of the Year at the Bedford College Hospitality & Catering Awards and is now moving 'higher up the food chain' by studying Hospitality Management at the University of West London.

Rhys, of Putnoe, was a student of St Thomas More before joining a Catering course at Bedford College. Once in the kitchen he never looked back and now is working towards his dream of running his own restaurant.

The annual Hospitality & Catering Awards was this year held at the Harpur Suite and supported by industry and business organisations including Love Bedford, which represents restaurants and retailers in the town centre.

Here are the winners:

HNC/HND in Hospitality Management: Bekki Short, who now works at MK Theatre, with Gyorgyi Szecsko who is now studying at university, as runner-up. 

ABC Level 1 Cake Decoration: Paula Ellott  

ABC Level 2 Cake Decoration: Darren Read

ABC Level 1 Wired Sugar Flowers: Sarah Webster 

ABC Level 2 Wired Sugar Flowers: Sadie Farmer

Bedford College is once again taking part in an international cake decorating show at Birmingham in November. Earlier this year the College was chosen as only one of five Showcase Centres in the UK for cake making.

Entry 3 Certificate in Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Student of the Year: Nathaniel Wedderburn

Level 1 Certificate in General Hospitality: Shafa Ali

Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery: Michael Wake

Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery: Ellen Copperwaite, pastry cook, who sent a message from Australia. "Thank you to all the teachers. I had a wonderful experience at College and made lifelong friends."

Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery: Emily Pates

Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery Student of the Year: Amy White.

Head of Hospitality Mark Lewis said: "Catering is not an easy option. We expect the highest standards and achieved a 90% pass rate. We have to thank employers for enabling us to secure 100 hours of work experience for students."

If you are ready to tackle a career in Catering then see www.bedford.ac.uk/catering for details of part and full-time courses up to Higher National Diplomas.

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