Studied: Entry 3/Level 1 Hospitality, Level 2 and Level 3 Professional Cookery
Progression: Commis-chef at The Trooper
Freddie Coulter puts his college achievements and career success down to two things. His hard work and the encouragement he received from college lecturers and support staff such as learning mentors.
These have resulted in Freddie gaining a Level 3 qualification and beginning a role as commis chef at Lichfield restaurant, The Trooper at Wall.
“When I initially came to college, I never imagined I’d achieve all the way up to Level 3,” said Freddie.
“I experienced a lot of self-doubt. I thought having autism meant I wouldn’t cope. But the support I had took away the negative thoughts. If I was ever nervous after that, such as before a practical exam, I would tell myself that I was always making progress and help was available.
“My love of cooking grew even more because of all this. I felt motivated to work hard and achieve.”
Freddie’s highlights from college include creating a variety of dishes during practical lessons, achieving GCSE English and going to The Good Food Show where he spoke to Michelin star chefs. He also completed work experience at college restaurant, The Littleton.
“You learn so much through all the extra experiences and opportunities the college gives you on top of your course,” said Freddie. “I accepted all my tutors’ feedback too. It took me in the right career direction.
“I still have a lot to learn as commis chef and I know I’ll enjoy this process. I already love seeing what other chefs I work with are doing. Hopefully, I can inspire others they way everyone has inspired me.
“Best of all is the reward of seeing customers having a great dining experience.”