Two Level 3 Hospitality Supervision and Leadership students from Pembrokeshire College had their skills put to the test when they took part in the Skills Competition Wales Advanced Patisserie and Confectionery finals held in Llandrillo College in February.
Bringing both Silver and Bronze medals back to Pembrokeshire, Ffion Howells and Ronia Wheeler had five hours to create a striking chocolate and sugar display standing at least 30 centimetres tall. Alongside this they also had to prepare 15 petit fours, each weighing between 6 and 14 grams which were displayed at the Welsh Culinary Championships taking place on the same day.
Both Ffion and Ronia are now preparing to enter the WorldSkills UK competition in Cardiff on 9 June where they will be competing for a place at the WorldSkills UK Finals to be held at the NEC in Birmingham during November.
College lecturer Pauline Matthews commented: “We are thrilled that both Ffion and Ronia picked up medals during the recent patisserie competition. Both learners are working exceptionally hard to perfect their skills and are excited about competing in Cardiff.
“Competing in skills competitions puts the students under a huge amount of stress but it really prepares them for work in this industry and competing against the best hospitality students from across Wales and the UK really pushes them to keep practising and perfecting their skills.”
To hone their skills Ffion is undertaking a placement at The Salt Cellar in Tenby whilst Ronia has secured a placement with unique Welsh chocolate company Nom Nom.