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Michael was inspired watching TV cookery shows, and dreamt of being a chef in a high-end restaurant. He flourished at college and, after wowing staff during work experience at The Chesil Rectory in Winchester, he was offered a job as a Commis Chef – realising his dream and starting what promises to be a successful culinary career.

“After watching TV chefs and seeing the care and attention they took to every plate of food, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

“I chose to go to Eastleigh College for a couple of reasons. Firstly, a friend of mine went there previously and recommend it to me. He said that it was a great college and that he got amazing support while he was there. Secondly, when I was looking at all the different colleges, Eastleigh offered the best course to offer. After researching the catering department and seeing the extra things that got involved with, I just wanted to be a part of it. 


I’d advise anyone looking at doing a hospitality or catering course to definitely research into the colleges. You want to make sure that the one you choose is a good fit for you. Go to the open events and have a look round and get a feel for them.


“I started on a Level 1 course before moving on to a Level 2 qualification. The best thing about the courses is definitely all the things you get to do. There were so many extra opportunities including guest chef nights, a ‘student takeover’ and industry week to name but a few.

“And the college gave me great support. Coming from foster care and supporting myself while at college, they were always there to help and guide me through things like college fees and bursary applications. 

 “It’s great when you do something you’re really passionate about. I love working The Chesil Rectory and want to continue to learn, develop and work my way up.”