Students Set to Cook up a Storm at Olympics
A group of talented Walsall College Catering students have been selected by recruitment provider, Jubilee Hospitality, to support catering operations during the London 2012 Olympics.
The student chefs, Luke Symonds, Rebecca Billingham, Chris Cottam and Conner Cheetham will be providing high quality food, from street grub to fine dining for athletes, diplomats, corporate clients, staff, volunteers and thousands of spectators during the Games this summer.
They will be rotated across a number of sites including the Olympic Park, which houses the the iconic Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Velodrome, that will host a range of exciting events during the Games, including athletics, swimming and cycling.
Luke Symonds said: “I’m really excited about being part of such a prestigious event that is attracting people from all over the world. Providing food for thousands of people with different tastes every day is going to be challenging, but I’m looking forward to it as I love cooking and hope to own my restaurant one day.”
Currently studying either a Professional Chef Diploma Level 2 or a NVQ Professional Cookery Level 3, the students have been brushing up their culinary skills in preparation for this once in a lifetime opportunity. They will live and work in London during the event and help to prepare 65,000 meals a day, covering a range of international cuisines and flavours.
Commercial Chef and Trainer Assessor in Hospitality and Catering at Walsall College, Steve Biggs said: “The students were nominated for the roles as they have shown exceptional skills in the College’s training kitchen this year, so I know they will do a fantastic job. It is also a great opportunity for them to gain valuable work experience and make a name for themselves in a competitive industry.”
Nicholas Taylor, Director at Jubilee Hospitality commented: “We have been extremely impressed with the students’ attitudes and the training the College provides is first class by industry standards. We look forward to working with them at the Olympics and we are also looking to develop a working partnership with Walsall College and explore other opportunities where we can collaborate together.”