January was an exciting month for many of Brooksby Melton College’s Catering and Hospitality students, with a selection of exciting award wins at the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards and the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College ‘Salon Culinaire’.
BMC student Joe Smith won first place at this year’s Teflon Diamond Standard Awards, a prestigious inter-college competition aimed at highlighting and recognising excellence in the catering industry. The final, which was held at Waitrose Cookery School on 25th January, saw Joe rise above the competition to win this prestigious culinary award. Joe’s fantastic prizes included £500, of which he has generously pledged £50 to a local charity, £150 worth of equipment for Joe, £250 worth of equipment for BMC, and a three year scholarship with top specialist chefs.
In addition to this fantastic achievement, Joe and his fellow students took part in the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College ‘Salon Culinaire’, coming away with four gold, five silver and seven bronze medals between them, in addition to six merit awards! Further, BMC student Courtney Clowes was awarded Best Visiting Front of House Student. This event not only allowed BMC students to show off their culinary flare, but also allowed them to network with local managers, employers and internationally renowned judges and, as a result, two BMC students were able to secure work placements in a 4* hotel.
On winning the Teflon Diamond Standard Award, Joe Smith said ‘It didn’t sink in until around a week afterwards – to have come first amongst the 400+ people who entered the competition was very surreal. The three year scholarship will really help me with my future career because it will further my professional experience and allow me to specialise in patisserie, which is something that I am passionate about. Studying at BMC has given me an advantage in the competitions that I have entered because it has provided me with the equipment, facilities, and time needed to perfect my dishes beforehand. I’d really like to thank Andy, my BMC lecturer, and Victoria Shaw, who produced my booklet for the Teflon Diamond Standards competition, for all of their help.’
Courtney Clowes, winner of the Best Visiting Front of House Student Award at the NWHC ‘Salon Culinaire’ said ‘I was really shocked and surprised to have done so well at this event! As it was my first ever competition, I was surprised to win a bronze and silver medal, let alone the trophy for Best Visiting Front of House Student. When I first came to BMC, I wanted to be a chef and was really attracted by the brand new facilities. Although I initially wanted to be a chef, working front of house in the Rural Catering Centre here at BMC has helped me to realise my love for working front of house and interacting with customers every day; I now know that this is the area that I really want to go into when I leave college. I would like to say a big thank you to my BMC tutor, Sally Anderson, as she has taught me so much during my time at BMC, and was really helpful when I was practising for the competition.’
Catering and Hospitality students at BMC benefit from industry-expert teaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities: students train in the brand new Rural Catering Centre at the college’s Melton Campus, where they are able to serve customers in a real restaurant environment. Why not come along to the next Melton Campus Open Evening on Monday 24th April to find out more? You can book on to the open evening and/or apply now at www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk.