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Student secures Head Chef role at ski resort

November 4, 2014

A hospitality and catering student from West Cheshire College will be jetting off to Europe for the ski season as Head Chef at the Austrian ski resort, St Anton.


George Wheeler, 22, from Chester, who will complete his City and Guilds Diploma in Professional Cookery course in November, said: “I had to go to London for the interview with Flexiski. We did various group tasks and we also had to make a cold starter - I made a mackerel pâté and beetroot and orange salad.

“As Head Chef, I’ll be managing a Commis Chef and together we’ll be catering for 35 guests in a chalet. I have responsibility of ordering food within a budget to create a six-day menu plan including breakfast, afternoon tea and a four course evening menu.

“It’s such a big opportunity but I’m really looking forward to it. I’m a big fan of skiing so this really is my dream job.”

George praised his College course and believes the skills and experience gained from his studies helped him to secure the much sort-after job.

He added: “I’ve done both an Apprenticeship and a Level 3 course at the College so I’ve really built up my experience.

“My College course not only covered work experience in the College restaurant kitchen The Dining Room but also management skills which were invaluable during the interview process.  My tutor has also previously worked at a ski resort so he was able to give me lots of tips and advice.”

Nigel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive for West Cheshire College, said: “We are delighted that George has secured such a fantastic job.

“Our courses are designed to give students the right skills and experience to go straight into employment or higher education and George’s success proves that they achieve this.

“We wish him the best of luck for the future and I am sure he will thrive in his new Head Chef role.”

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