College Students Cooking with Gas!
Thursday, 19 March, 2015

Stratford–upon–Avon College students excel in catering after leaving the College to pursue their careers. Past students are always eager to thank the College for their support and teaching.

The College is very proud of all past and present students and are always thrilled by their successes. After graduating from their culinary skills courses, students Harry Guy and Mitchell Leech, have both effortlessly embarked on successful career paths. Harry got through to the finals of the prestigious Roux Scholarships and Mitchell was awarded 2nd place at the Copper Skillet competition in Copenhagen.

Harry Guy graduated from the Advanced Culinary Skills course at Stratford-upon-Avon College in 2007. He then went to work at the Michelin star restaurant Malory Court, in Royal Leamington Spa. Harry then followed his dream and went to work in France. The College is delighted to hear that Harry is now working for L’Enclume restaurant, a fine-dining restaurant in the French countryside. Harry says “Stratford College gave me a massive head start in hospitality; it taught me the basic fundamentals every chef requires before setting out in catering. The support and guidance of all the staff will never be forgotten.”

Another graduate of Advanced Culinary Skills, Mitchell Leech, left the College in 2009. He began working at the multi-award winning venue Woodside Conference Centre in Kenilworth and, having fallen in love with his job, continues to work there today. Reflecting on his experience, Mitchell said “Stratford College gave me a great start to my career as a professional chef and I learnt the basics well. I gained a good knowledge and felt comfortable with any tasks I was given as a commis chef. My Tutor Tony Davis really helped me with any queries I had with regards to modern techniques and refining my ideas of food. Stratford College is a great start for any serious chef. Even though I have graduated, I still have a great relationship with the College and Tony continues to give me a great deal of support and advice.”

Hospitality and Catering Student