Hospitality students from Pembrokeshire College have proved they have what it takes to be front of house professionals after securing their places in the Welsh Finals of the Advanced Restaurant Skills competition.
Late last month two hospitality students competed in the Skills Competition Wales regional semi-final held at Bridgend College and successfully made it through to the Welsh Finals due to be held in Cardiff on 30th January.
Shania Greenhalgh and Andrew Laugharne are currently studying on the Level 3 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Supervision. Following the competition Shania commented: “I really enjoyed competing and have met so many people along the way. It has really helped build my confidence and challenged me in new and exciting ways. I would like to use these skills to one day work in a high-end restaurant.”
Fellow competitor Andrew commented: “Working in hospitality is where I would like to be in the future and taking part in these competitions has made me even more motivated to pursue that career. The college have been really supportive and I have learnt and developed so many skills whilst on my course. I am really pleased how much we have already achieved and really look forward to competing in the finals.”
As part of the competition they each had to impress the judges in a number of tasks including: cocktail and Irish coffee making; laying a table; napkin folds; and preparing Caesar salads and crepe suzettes. Both Shania and Andrew scored enough points in each of their tasks to see them compete again in the Welsh Finals.
Christophe Stocker, front of house lecturer at Pembrokeshire College, has worked in five star hotels around the world and is now responsible for training hospitality students in front of house service, he commented: “We are exceptionally proud of both Shania and Andrew. Their success shows what can be achieved with hard work and dedication and I’m sure they both have bright careers ahead of them in this exciting and expanding industry. We look forward to them competing in the finals in January.”