Prize Giving 2018: Competitive edge helps Sophie win award

Edinburgh College's picture

A Hospitality and Catering student has shown she definitely has the competitive edge after picking up an award at Edinburgh College’s annual Prize Giving Ceremony, just days after participating in two national competitions.

Sophie Taylor, who has just completed the City and Guilds Level 2 Hospitality and Catering, has been awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Professional Cookery, collected her award on Friday 8 June.

Sophie said: “I can’t believe I’ve been chosen for this award. I’m really proud that my achievements and hard work has been noticed by my lecturers.”

It’s been a busy few weeks for 19-year-old Sophie as she has spent time competing with the best of Scotland’s Hospitality and Catering students at two national events.

Earlier this week Sophie and fellow student Shannon McNeil took part in a WorldSkills heat held in Glasgow. Both students gave a fantastic account of themselves, testing their kitchen and front-of-house skills.

Last week, Sophie teamed up with three of her classmates to represent Edinburgh College at the Brakes Hospitality Challenge. The team competed against three other colleges, coming in third place. Sophie’s role was to create a stylish and traditional table plan, a gin and orange cocktail as an aperitif and pair wines with the food her colleagues were preparing in the kitchen.

Competing at WorldSkills and in the Brakes competition really opened my eyes to another side of hospitality”, said Sophie. “It showed me how much more restaurants can offer to a customer and how a dining experience can be tailored around the customer.”

Edinburgh-born Sophie chose to come to her local college after meeting with the EH15 Restaurant team and realising this was the place for her. She hasn’t looked back since.

She said: “It was the right course style that I was looking for and the staff seamed really helpful and friendly. Since then there has been so much hands-on experience. I’ve really loved getting more in-depth with front of house service – learning things including gueridon and flambé.”

“I’ve learned other important things while I’ve been at the college, including how to be more confident and to stress less – I used to second guess myself lots but throughout my time at EH15 my confidence has grown and my self-doubt has gone.”

Food service lecturer Stephanie Tanner said: “Sophie has been a dedicated student in the two years she has been with us. The progress she has made in that time has been amazing and we are all very proud of her. Her attitude towards learning new skills and improving across all areas of the service industry is exceptional. We’ve been on two trips to different competitions in the last week and Sophie has performed brilliantly at them both – she definitely has a bright future ahead of her and is looking forward to heading off to Gleneagles this summer for work experience”.

Looking ahead, Sophie is returning to college to complete her level 3 and intends to follow that up with an HNC. Beyond that she hopes to either work as pastry chef or in a front of house managerial role.

Sophie described her Edinburgh College experience in three words: “Loved every moment”.

Like this:

Like Loading...

Related

Prize Giving 2018 - Justin finds the recipe for awards success

A first-year Professional Cookery student at Edinburgh College came out on top against four of his classmates to bag himself a visit to one of the UK’s top hotel and restaurants, Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire. Justin Jones, a City and Guilds Level 1 student, won the James Thomson…

04/06/2018

Edinburgh College Prize Giving winner styles her way to the red carpet

An Edinburgh College hairdressing student is hoping to style her way to double success this weekend as she struts her stuff on the national stage in UK-wide hair and beauty competition. Rachel Thomson, a first year SVQ Level 2 student at the college’s Milton Road Campus, has been chosen as…

07/06/2018

Cookery and Hospitality students take on the Brakes Challenge

Four Edinburgh College students are going all out to wow the judges at a national hospitality and cookery competition tomorrow. Emma Turner, Sophie Taylor, Ruaridh Harte and Sam MacDonald will represent the college at the Brakes Hospitality Challenge Final in Glasgow on Thursday 31 May after impressing judges with their…

30/05/2018

Copy this html code to your website/blog to embed this press release.

Comments

Post new comment

1 + 0 =

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.