Ashesh Purja, Hospitality and Catering student at Eastleigh College, is in the running for a prestigious award from the Southern Branch of the Institute of Hospitality Awards. Ashesh is nominated for the Student Chef of the Year award, and will find out if he is the winner during the awards ceremony at Lainston House in Winchester on 3rd May 2016.
Ashesh was put forward by Hospitality and Catering lecturer Greg Cheeseman, who was impressed with Ashesh’s dedication to becoming a chef and his hard work through the WorldSkills competitions this year; Ashesh got to the national final of WorldSkills and competed against other young chefs at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham.
Greg said, “I’m proud of what Ashesh has achieved in the past year. He has excelled in the WorldSkills competition and has also organised some work experience himself. He has great ambition and aspires to work in a Michelin star restaurant.”
Ashesh is excited to be nominated, “I can’t put it into words, it’s just really great. It would mean a lot to win, as it will help me fulfil my goal of working at a Michelin star restaurant by showing I can work to a high standard.”
From everyone at Eastleigh College, we wish Ashesh good luck and look forward to finding out the results in May!
To find out more about Ashesh’s WorldSkills success please click here.
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.