Young Maître D’ Recognised in National Student Awards

06 December 2016 | College News, Hospitality & Catering

young student recognised at national awards - Owen Llewellyn

City College hospitality and catering student, Owen Llewellyn, is celebrating after being awarded highly commended in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards.

The Awards highlight exceptional achievement, and celebrate the successes of students, from AoC Colleges up and down the country. Eighteen students achieved national recognition in three categories; 16-18, 19 and over and apprentices.

The award winners attended a special celebration event at the House of Commons. Hosted by Peter Kyle MP – Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning – the students were recognised for their outstanding achievements, personal accolades and contributions to the community.

While studying at City College, Owen was the front-of-house manager at the College’s training restaurant, PL1, and the lead student for many high-profile events.  He managed teams at the historic boat race celebration, ‘Transat 2016’, and at the South West’s largest annual food and drink festival, ‘FlavourFest’, where he supported one of the College’s Chef Lecturers with live cooking demonstrations. Throughout his studies, Owen participated in many competitions and was the first student selected to represent City College at the Major Junior Chef Series.

Chaz Talbot, City College’s Academy Manager for Hospitality and Catering, said:  “Owen has really been our golden boy! His contribution to the College and the wider community has been more than generous and was the reason he was nominated for this award.

“Although only 18, Owen is an exceptional leader, full of enthusiasm and professionalism. He is a young man with an incredible work ethic and a willingness to keep learning and to pass on this knowledge to others. A culinary star, he is a truly exceptional and fully deserving of this achievement.”

Since completing his course this summer, Owen has worked for celebrity chef, Rick Stein, at his flagship restaurant in Padstow.

“It’s an honour just to be nominated for an award, let alone to be highly commended,” said Owen. “Travelling to London and going to the House of Commons was a fantastic experience. I got to meet and hear the stories of the other winners, which was really inspiring.”

For information on all courses and study options, including those starting in January, City College is holding an Information Drop-in on Wednesday 4 January 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Kings Road. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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