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Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills

Beginning her journey with City College Plymouth’s Skills Development department, Abi gained the essential confidence and motivation she needed to pursue her dreams in the hospitality sector. 

And, go on to achieve gold in the Duke of Edinburgh award!

Abi’s passion for cooking, initially sparked by watching popular cooking shows like The Great British Bake Off and admiring Gordon Ramsay’s expertise, inspired her to delve into the culinary arts. Abi flew through her studies in Skills Development and enrolled on the Level 2 course in Culinary Skills, offering her a blend of practical and theoretical lessons. 

This approach, focusing on hands-on experience, including evening services for events and involvement with the College’s on-site restaurant PL1, provides Abi with a thorough understanding of the modern hospitality industry and prepares her to gain employment in the industry.

Spurred on by her success in her studies, Abi decided to take on the Duke of Edinburgh award facilitated by the Skills Development team. Excited to gain volunteering experience, embrace outdoor activities, and further build her confidence, Abi took every part of the challenge in her stride. 

The Duke of Edinburgh award required her to engage in extensive walking and various exercises over three days, challenging her physically and mentally but ultimately contributing to her personal growth.

“If you’re thinking about doing the Duke of Edinburgh award, I’d say to just go out and do it. It’s great for your mindset to get outside in all weather and it’s a great experience. Fight to fulfil your ambitions, if you try hard enough you will get there. No matter your disabilities, you’ll get there.”

Looking ahead, Abi aims to progress onto  a patisserie course, dreaming of one day opening her own bakery. Supported by her lecturers at City College, we can’t wait to see what she does next!