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Hospitality & Catering - Case Studies
Hollie Tipper loves catering and cooking and is currently studying a Level 2 Catering Course at Henley College.
She recently competed in the Country Range Competition, and before the final Hollie says "I'm feeling really confident. It's really fun and exciting! I love to experiment with different colours and be creative. I've been practicing for two months and I never thought that cooking a starter, which is such a tiny dish, would bring out so much excitement in me!"
Henley College strives to offer students exciting opportunities, such as competitions and activities.
Toby Sheffield is passionate about catering and is currently studying the Level 3 Catering Course at Henley College. He recently competed in the Country Range Competition and he and his teammates made it to the finals in Scotland.
Toby cooked the main course, a braised bison cheek, and before the final he says "I love competition work! I love having the freedom to cook and make it look and taste the way I want, and playing around with flavour. I'm nervous but mostly I'm excited, and I am confident in the team that we can do well!" Toby and his teams' hard work and commitment paid off as they went on to win Gold in the final.
Toby is considering his future career, and loves the idea of working in a country pub cooking delicious rustic food. He is also interested in being a development chef so that he can still compete. Toby is also considering becoming a catering lecturer in order to pass on the knowledge and skills he's gained here at Henley College, he says "I have really good feelings about everything I've accomplished here!"
Kallum Hart joined Henley College's 14-16 year old work related catering programme as he was excited about catering and potentially becoming a chef, this proved to be the perfect introduction to catering for him.
"I think it's a brilliant idea for kids from school to come to college and learn loads of new skills - having successfully completed the 14-16 programme, I was able to jump to Level 2 when I decided to continue studying in catering which was great!"
In his first ever competition Kallum gained a silver medal and a merit, and he says this really helped build his confidence.
Kim’s catering path to success
Kim’s interest in catering began from an early age when he used to watch his parents cooking. After leaving school he joined Henley College on a level 1 catering course.
”This course set me up perfectly to learn the basic skills I needed in the industry and taught me to be disciplined in the kitchen.”
Hospitality and Catering Team scoop medals at Welsh Salon Culinairé competition.
Our Hospitality and Catering competition team gained a record haul of medals when they took part at the Welsh International Culinairy Competition in February. The team, led by lecturer James Brooke, competed against colleges from the UK and Europe.
Although the competition was fierce our learners were awarded three gold medals, seven silvers, three bronze and one merit. The medals were in a range of classes in kitchen and front of house.
Burhan Ahmed won a Silver medal at the WorldSkills UK finals.
Charlotte Rawson never thought that when she enrolled on the level 2 catering course at Henley College that she would be demonstrating her culinary skills to learners in Russia.
Hospitality and Catering students at Henley College enjoyed success at the NEC hospitality show competition.
The level three students teamed up with Peter Joyner, competition team manager for Elior - the company that runs Henley’s student canteen - who offered to sponsor four of the young chefs.
The competition is a major national event for the industry, each year alternating between Birmingham and London and attracting competitors, including professional chefs, from all over the country.
Anthony’s catering course at Henley College leads to worldwide career!
Anthony Estick was one of Henley’s first hospitality and catering students when the College opened in 1964. 50 years ago catering students studied catering, front of house service, bookkeeping and French. Anthony studied for three years at Henley and become a trainee catering officer at Coventry and Warwickshire hospital. He also studied at Henley part- time on a Kitchen and Management course.