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Five elite Broadstairs catering students to attend WorldSkills UK national finals

Five Professional Cookery students from Broadstairs College will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham today (Wednesday 14 November) to compete against finalists from across the country in the WorldSkills UK national final.

With over 15,000 original applicants, our five finalists are part of the four percent who have made it through to the finals. Only 8 students are selected per subject and our College’s catering students alone make up a huge 62.5 percent of the category.

For their lecturer Rob Allsworth, it is his fourth year at WorldSkills UK. These 5 make up some of the 11 students that have qualified under his tuition. WorldSkills veteran Rob said, “It’s not easy: the students are put through their paces with 15 hours of competition across a two-and-a-half-day period,” showing just how capable all the finalists are.

Apprentice Talis O’Brien, who works for the Royal Albion Hotel, recently said, “I thought it would be an excellent opportunity and a positive way to step into the industry of catering.” She added, “We spend a lot of time working with Chef Allsworth, and he has been really good in helping us for the final.”

Fellow competitor Adam Davies said, “I’m trying to up my game professionally and prove to myself and my peers what I’m capable of.”

The students are all very excited, and we wish them the best of luck.

Students attending the final:

David Oswin-Wilkinson (full-time employee at the on-site hotel The Yarrow and former Level 3 Professional Cookery student, who qualified last academic year), Katie Wenman, Talis O’Brien, Lauren Pitts and Adam Davies (all studying Level 3 Professional Cookery).