Wojciech’s greatest achievement during his time on the Professional Chef Diploma was gaining a silver medal in the 2008 World Skills competition – he believes the skills he learnt on the course prepared him for what to expect.
“I moved to the UK from Poland but have always been interested in catering as a career path. Since starting at Northampton College I have learnt so many things and all of them will help me in the future. When my tutors encouraged me to enter the World Skills competition I was a little nervous but I am pleased they did because I got to practice at a high level and came second. I had to prepare a table for service and add my own unique touch so that was a bit of a challenge.
“I created my own napkin fold and centre piece which was different but classical. I would not have been able to do that before the course.”
As part of the Professional Chef programme, Wojciech learnt about cookery but he soon realised he had a passion for front of house. Since completing his qualification, Wojciech has been working at Whittlebury Hall, but plans to return to College on the Level 3 Hospitality Leadership and Supervision course.
“I really enjoy customer service but it’s good that I have background knowledge of how the kitchens work too. It can be a very tough industry and long hours but I get a lot of satisfaction from the job I do. After the Level 3 course I hope to work my way up to supervisory level.”
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