Professional Cookery students at Cornwall College Saltash have been inspired by the success of an alumni who is now studying at Plymouth University.
Former Professional Cookery student, Aaron Bezant, who lives in Saltash, was in the first cohort of Professional Cookery students at Cornwall College Saltash in 2011.
“When I was younger I really wasn’t the best academic person,” Aaron explained.
“I went to Saltash.net school and did a diploma in Environmental and Land Based Studies, so none of my GCSE’s involved Catering, but I always had a passion for cooking whilst I was growing up.”
Aaron spent four years at Cornwall College Saltash and said the experience was “fantastic”.
“The staff were so supportive, there is a really friendly atmosphere at the College making students feel it’s easier to ask questions and ask for help than to sit there worrying,” Aaron continued.
“I was living by myself whilst I was at college, after my Mum died when I was 17, and college was just a great place for me to be. I felt really motivated to make something of myself and now I’d like to help others believe in themselves.”
After completing his studies at Cornwall College Saltash, Aaron undertook a foundation degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Plymouth College and he is now studying a top up degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management at Plymouth University.
“When I graduate I’d like to travel as I haven’t been abroad before,” he continued.
“Studying catering has really shown me the opportunities there are to travel and learn about new cultures. I really would recommend Cornwall College Saltash to anyone looking for the next step in their education or a career change; before studying there I had no idea where my future was heading.”
Team Lead for Professional Cookery at Cornwall College Saltash, Chris Penk, said Aaron “set the standard for others to follow”.
“His hard work, dedication and commitment set the foundations from which the department has developed,” he continued.
“He is a shining example proving that if you apply yourself work hard you can succeed at the highest level and seeing Aaron at University is so rewarding and he clearly has a bright future ahead of him. Having him come back to college to share his experiences with our students is amazing.”
There is a Courses and Careers Advice Event on Saturday 17th March 10am until Midday for students who may be interested in cookery courses to come along and meet the teams and explore the facilities.