Having grown up with parents who own a Catering company, Carmen knew she wanted to work in the Hospitality industry since a young age. She studied both Food Technology and Food & Nutrition at GCSE, before progressing onto Level 1 Catering at Eastleigh College. Since then, she has studied Level 2 Professional Catering and Level 3 Food and Beverage Supervision.
Outside of College, Carmen works part-time at Occasions Catering where she is Head Chef once a week. She secured the position through her parents, but is thrilled to have come so far at such an early stage in her career. She said, “It’s so much fun, sometimes I think I’ve made it already – I’ve come from Level 1 to running my own kitchen. And now I’m not just hired because of my parents, I’m hired because I’m qualified.”
Carmen chose to focus on hospitality for her Level 3 qualification to try and maximise her employability. She thought that, with high-level qualifications in both kitchen and front-of-house, she would be able to maximise her transferrable skills.