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Ashesh came to the UK three years ago after studying Catering at College in his home country of Nepal. He always enjoyed watching cookery shows and competitions on TV, and knew he wanted to get into the industry.

Since joining Eastleigh College Ashesh has taken part in a variety of work experience placements and industry visits which have complemented his studies. His favourite experiences so far include taking part in the Holiday Inn takeover – Ashesh also gained a 2-week work experience placement at the Holiday Inn, where he got involved in front of house service, cooking in kitchens and managing the function facilities. Ashesh also enjoyed working with Michelin star chefs at Cambridge College, which taught him how to cook a 12 course menu focussing on fish as the main ingredient.

Working with employers and talented chefs has taught Ashesh a range of skills in the Hospitality and Catering industry, but his favourite part is the cooking! Over this year Ashesh has competed in the WorldSkills regional and national competitions, where he has been required to create dishes of his own and display his culinary skills across a range of cuisines.

 

Ashesh was chosen from the regional competitions in the summer of 2015 to progress onto the national competitions, where he was awarded a medal and invited to the next stage at the Skills Show in November.

Unfortunately Ashesh was unable to compete in the global finals, but he is thrilled with the opportunities he has been given and what he has learned over the past few months. He said “This has been the toughest, hardest, but best experience I’ve ever had. It’s so different to working at College – there’s added time pressure which makes it mentally challenging.”

“Competing in WorldSkills has helped me in so many ways, especially with formulating ideas for new recipes. You get to meet so many new people and talk about your industry, so it opens your mind to all the possibilities out there and different ways of doing things, and encourages you to experiment and try something new.”

I want to be a chef in a Michelin star restaurant and to work my way up in the industry. Always aim high!

Ashesh

Ashesh believes the Hospitality and Catering course at Eastleigh College was the right choice for him, because the practical focus of the course enables you to apply your skills and knowledge to a real outcome.

To find out more about the range of Catering and Hospitality courses at Eastleigh College, visit our careers page or call our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 023 8091 1299.

 

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