Culinary Arts and Hospitality students at Westminster Kingsway College celebrated another year of fantastic results at the 2012 Graduation Ceremony at St Stephen’s Church, London.
Graduating students were addressed by the assistant principal and head of the school of hospitality, Geoff Booth and head of culinary arts, Gary Hunter in front of their family and friends as they joined the ranks of Westminster Kingsway College’s Alumni. Many students have progressed into the hospitality industry and onto further studies.
In his opening speech Gary Hunter praised the students: “I look around the room today and can see that both graduates and their families are proud of their achievements. This year has been one of the most successful in terms of student achievement and we hope that you will profit from your years at Westminster Kingsway College now and in the future.”
Geoff Booth praised the excellence of the students graduating from the College and the lecturing team who have supported them in their studies. He said: “Our graduating students will go out into the industry to continue to learn new skills, to develop their careers and to promote the work of the College as they become part of the Westminster Kingsway College alumni across the world.”
One of the graduation ceremony prize sponsors, Andrew Brown from Alaska Seafood, read out a special letter of congratulations to the graduates from the Governor of Alaska, USA, Sean Parnell and his wife who visited the College earlier in the year and met a number of the students when they were entertained to dinner in the Vincent Rooms.
There was great expectation at the ceremony for the prestigious student awards of the year and highly anticipated prize of student chef of the year:
Best Chef Student of the Year ‘Iwan Kriens’ Award – Nuannapa Ratanakitsunthorn, Professional Chef Diploma Kitchen & Larder: Nuannapa Ratanakitsunthorn was thrilled to win the Best Full-time Chef Student of the Year award and to be presented with the Iwan Kriens cup, the historic College trophy which was presented to the first headmaster of the school of hospitality, Iwan Kriens in the 1920s. Nuannapa was also a joint winner of the Auguste Escoffier Best Competition Chef Trophy alongside fellow student, Jordan Kerridge. During her time at the College, Nuannapa has been involved in a number of high profile competitions and events. “It was a total surprise to win this award at the College’s graduation ceremony. I am very happy to have graduated from Westminster Kingsway College. I will now be going back home to Thailand to develop further my food and marketing skills to start my own business and restaurant venture.”
The student awards were supported by a number of industry sponsors including Barry Callebaut, the Craft Guild of Chefs, City & Guilds, Churchill, Master Chefs of Great Britain, Alaska Seafood, Institute of Hospitality and many others.
Westminster Kingsway College has an excellent reputation within the hospitality and catering industry, famous former students include Jamie Oliver. The College offers a unique opportunity to study in central London for vocational qualifications that are tailored direct to employment opportunities. For further information visit www.westking.ac.uk