Highlands College received the Craft Guild of Chefs Award at a recent awards luncheon held on Sunday 15th April 2012 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.
The award was in recognition of the Colleges industry involvement which has seen it work with top chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Mark Jordon, and for its enthusiasm in promoting greater professionalism in the industry of the Island through the establishment of the Jersey Craft Guild branch.
Eileen Buicke-Kelly, head of the Academy of Culinary Arts had the honour of receiving this prestigious award on behalf of the College. She has played an instrumental part in launching the Craft Guild of Chefs at Highlands in January. She said “Our aim is to promote local talent in the hospitality industry and to put Jersey back on the map by training of chefs to the highest standards and ensuring that they have excellent CPD opportunities. CPD is mandatory for many professions and together with the Craft Guild we felt that the chefs should have the same opportunities.
The award was presented by the Guild’s President, Stephen Scuffell, who studied at Highlands thirty years ago and is now a top chef in the UK. Stephen also spots talent across the UK for the World Skills competitions and we are very proud to announce that two former students, Glenn Noel and Sam MacDonald, who left Highlands last summer are in Stephen’s squad for the 2013 competition in Leipzig.
Eileen said “The Awards ceremony at he Royal Garden Hotel was filled with an array of high profile names from the world of catering and being part of it was an honour and a privilege. This really put highlands and Jersey on the map. We have worked hard here to encourage local grown talent and this we hope is only the start of much bigger things to come”.