Three Leeds City College hospitality students are savouring the sweet taste of success after winning Rising Star Awards in an annual presentation organised by the Leeds office of hlw Keeble Hawson.
The law firm, one of Yorkshire’s largest, hosts the annual culinary honours to celebrate the achievements of top catering students at the college.
Talented trio Jordan Cable, Alex Lewis and Alex Morton received their trophies from Richard Fergusson, managing partner of hlw Keeble Hawson’s Leeds office, in front of an invited audience of business guests at The Leeds Club.
The three 18-year-olds, who are studying NVQ Level 3 Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Skills, have worked alongside some of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, including Mark Poynton from The Great British Menu, Andrew Nutter from The Good Food Channel and Adam Smith, Roux scholar and executive chef at the Devonshire Arms.
They have all achieved success in several competitions including the North East Culinary and Trade Association contest, where Alex Morton, an outstanding mixologist, was awarded silver for his cocktails; talented chef Alex Lewis won gold for his vegetarian dish – and barista Jordan Cable was presented with silver for his impressive latte coffee.
Richard Fergusson said: “The calibre of this year’s winners is testament to the enviable national reputation Leeds City College enjoys for its hospitality training.
“The college’s Food Academy has catered for client events for the last three years and these awards are the firm’s way of showing our appreciation and support.”
Huw Southcott, head of Full Cost Development at Leeds City College, said: “These three students have shown a high level of commitment to their studies, progressing from an initial level one course to level three.
“They all have a great eye for detail and promising futures ahead.
“We are grateful to hlw Keeble Hawson for making the awards an annual celebration of our students’ success.”
A charity raffle during the evening raised almost £400 for St Gemma’s Hospice who hlw Keeble Hawson has supported for many years.
Jenny Dixon, fundraiser, said: “An enormous ‘thank you’ to the hlw Keeble Hawson team for giving us the opportunity to hold a business card draw for the second consecutive year.
The firm’s ongoing support is very much appreciated.”