Westminster Kingsway College shines at Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2012
20 June 2012
Westminster Kingsway College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts was well represented at the Craft Guild of Chefs National Awards 2012 winning three awards on the night.
Nearly 700 people attended the prestigious awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium which brought together key people in the industry to recognise the tremendous amount of talent that exists within British kitchens today.
Gary Hunter, Westminster Kingsway College’s Head of Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Service was awarded the Education Chef Award. Gary Hunter has been working at Westminster Kingsway College for over 15 years and brings a huge wealth of industry and teaching experience to his role. Gary has been a Head Chef, Pastry Chef and Development Chef during his time working in the hospitality industry and has worked in Michelin-starred establishments. He is also a Chocolate Ambassador for Callebaut and a published author. Gary said: “I feel very humbled to have been nominated by so many industry and educational peers, and to actually win this award is wonderful. It is only because of the incredible team that I have here at Westminster Kingsway College that has helped to make this possible.”
College successes continued with Westminster Kingsway Apprenticeship student, Lyndsay Michie winning the Apprentice Chef Award and Professional Chef Diploma alumni and World Skills gold medallist Ben Murphy being awarded the Young Chef Award. Lyndsey was chosen because of her dedication to her career and the respect she has won both at work in La Gavroche and at College during her studies.
Louise Jordan, Head of Hospitality Apprenticeships at the College said: “I am particularly delighted with Lyndsay’s win as this is the 4th year in a row that a Westminster Kingsway College Chef Apprentice has won this award. Previous winners have been Rebecca Marshaman (2011), Conor Stein (2010) and Samantha Rowles (2009). They all have different attributes but have all clearly demonstrated their skills as chefs and their strength of character. It is fantastic they have been recognised so early in their careers and a great reflection of the standard of teaching at Westminster Kingsway College.”
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