Two aspiring chefs from Cornwall have been recognised for their work ethic and talent at a prestigious awards ceremony.
In its 10th year, the Excellence in Business Training Awards, which was held at the Headland Hotel, in Newquay, celebrated two brilliant Apprentices. Both winners were trainee chefs who won the Apprentice of the year and Young Apprentice of the year titles for 2017.
The award for ‘Apprentice of the year (19+ years old)’ was won by former Fowey Community School pupil Wesley Ashwell, who works at The Globe Restaurant with Rooms in Fowey.
Under the direction of restaurant owner Tony Goodman and head chef Glynn Wellington, Wes has gone from being a kitchen porter to an award winning chef in less than 18 months, while at the same time completing his qualifications at Cornwall College St Austell.
Tony nominated Wesley for the award because of his calmness in the kitchen under pressure, his ability to match flavours, ingredients and “being able to replicate Glynn’s recipes in such an astonishing way”.
“Within weeks he had learned to fillet fish, bone and trim beef and pork, prep game and shellfish and even take whole live lobster and cook them and serve them,” he continued.
“This has been the most remarkable apprenticeship I have ever witnessed!”
On winning the award Wesley said; “Winning was great, it makes all those long hours in the kitchen worthwhile”
“The award evening was very enjoyable and the food was amazing; you couldn’t fault it!”
Wes has just enjoyed a well-earned holiday and is now focusing on finishing his college course and hopes to “smash another summer in Fowey at The Globe!”
Tony added; “The confidence this award has given Wes, and the boost to his self-esteem, is immeasurable. He is already looking to further his skills and we have discussed him progressing onto the next level of Professional Cookery Qualifications.”
He continued; “With both Glynn and I undertaking new projects this year there is huge scope for Wes to move to the next level, we hope to have him writing and producing his own menus by the end of this year.”
‘Young Apprentice of the Year’ winner was won by Chloe George, 17, a former student at Brannel School and now apprentice chef at Trevalsa Court Hotel, Mevagissey.
Adam Cawood, head chef at Trevalsa Court Hotel said at the beginning of Chloe’s apprenticeship she was “very shy and timid”.
“Fast forward six months and she has come out of her shell and has become a valued member of our kitchen team, showing a massive amount of potential; I do truly believe she is destined for big things.”
Chloe said; “I didn’t actually know that I was nominated for the award until I got a phone call about three weeks before the event, as my employers wanted it to be a surprise for me. When I got the phone call I was very happy and I rang Adam straight away to thank him.”
“I loved being at the event, it was great being a guest and not in the kitchen. It was also an experience being on the other side and to being able to sit to eat the food instead of making it.”
“To actually win the award on the night was amazing, I felt so happy and it feels as if it was the first big step in my career of becoming a chef.”
For more information on the range of catering, hospitality & apprenticeship courses available across The Cornwall College Group click HERE or call 0845 22 32 567.