A former Pembrokeshire College hospitality student is competing all over the world after securing a place as part of the WorldSkills Squad UK.
Former Ysgol y Preseli pupil, Sam Everton, enrolled on the Level 1 Professional Cookery course at the College in September 2014 and progressed through to Level 2 and 3. Whilst on the Level 2 course Sam was entered for a competition in North Wales against Level 3 students and won gold securing the title of ‘Best in Wales’.
From here Sam has been on a rollercoaster ride. He has competed at WorldSkills UK in Birmingham twice which saw him first secure a place on the WorldSkills UK Long Squad and then, in November 2017 he secured one of only four places on the Short Squad.
Being part of Squad UK was a huge achievement and led to a six-week work placement in the House of Commons with the British Culinary Team, training at the award-winning Gidleigh Park Hotel and at Michelin-star restaurant James Sommerin, as well as one-to-one training with Heston Blumenthal’s head chef, Gareth Evans.
In March 2019, the heat really intensified as Sam was chosen as the trainee chef to represent the UK at WorldSkills in Russia in summer 2019. Since the announcement Sam has competed in Australia where he was ranked 3rd in the world for chefs under the age of 24. On 18th May he headed out to Russia to compete against young chefs from 19 countries before heading straight to Shanghai to compete against 24 countries. At the end of June he will then head out to America for a competition before going to the world’s biggest food market in Paris in July. All this will culminate with Sam competing in WorldSkills in Kazan during August.
Following his tremendous journey Sam commented: “Everything has happened so fast. From entering one small competition I have ended up travelling the world for free whilst doing something that I love.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to my employer, Crwst, who have supported me throughout allowing me the time needed to take part in competitions. It has been an amazing experience and I would encourage all students to take every opportunity that is presented to them as you never know where it could lead!”
Regardless of the outcome of WorldSkills, Sam has already secured himself a place in the prestigious Young Chef of the Year competition being held in Birmingham in October and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.