Culinary Star Wins Double at College Awards Ceremony

20 July 2016 | College News, Hospitality & Catering

culinary star - Owen Llewellyn - Student of the Year Award winner

Owen Llewellyn, 18, from Tamerton Foliot, walked away with two impressive awards at the annual Student of the Year awards ceremony which celebrated the exceptional achievements of City College students.

Owen was named the Hospitality and Catering Student of the Year as well as winning the special Employability Award sponsored by Plymouth Citybus, for his great aptitude for leadership, exceptional professionalism and a true passion for his chosen career. His hard work has been further rewarded as he is now working in celebrity chef Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant. They were so keen to hire Owen, that they are covering the cost of his accommodation, allowing him to relocate to Cornwall.

Teresa Gardner, Director of Business, Hospitality, Care and Science, said: “Owen is a real star in the making. Always the first to volunteer for additional events and functions, he has been the most valuable student in the hospitality and catering academy this year. From dinner service in PL1 to city-wide events like Flavour Fest and Transat, Owen has made himself an integral part of the City College team. We will miss him, but I’m sure he will continue his success in his new job at Rick Stein’s restaurant.”

The Employability Award was presented to Owen by Plymouth Citybus’ Commercial and Marketing Manager, Mark Collins. He said: “I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Owen work on various occasions at the College’s excellent PL1 Restaurant and he has always impressed with his professionalism. At the recent Transat celebrations, it was clear to me that Owen was going above and beyond what you would expect of someone so young – he deserves the recognition of the Employability Award.”

Owen said: “I’ve really enjoyed studying at College, so this was a great way to finish off my final year. It was also a nice change not to be serving in PL1 – it’s good to see the service from the other side and I’m so proud of the team here.”

“I’m really excited to be starting work in my new job at The Seafood Restaurant. It will be strange moving away from home, but I’m ready to move on and my time at the College has made me ready for anything.”

The Student of the Year Awards recognise students who have made a positive impact, often against the odds, to their course, the College or the local community, from across the College’s diverse curriculum.

Held in PL1, the College’s training restaurant – where Owen spent much of his time at the College – the food was prepared and served by current Hospitality and Catering students. The awards evening was attended by each of the 16 Student of the Year winners and their families, their nominating lecturers, College staff and Governors.

Six additional special awards – sponsored by local organisations – were presented for: Community (The Herald); Employability (Plymouth Citybus); Enterprise (Plymouth University); Equality and Diversity (Livewell Southwest); Opportunity (University of St Mark and St John); and Student Voice (Radio Plymouth).

City College Plymouth would like to thank all award sponsors and also those employers who have supported students on courses at the College.

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