Three Medallions of Excellence at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

17 August 2015 by
Three Medallions of Excellence at WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Three young Brits have won Medallions of Excellence in hospitality at the WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 competition as part of the overall success of Team UK.

Chef Danny Hoang, a graduate of Westminster Kingsway College, was awarded a medallion for excellence for cooking.

He currently works as demi chef de partie at Collette's restaurant at the Grove hotel in Hertfordshire under current National Chef of the Year Russell Bateman, who said: "We're all extremely proud of Danny. To go to Brazil to compete for Britain is a huge achievement in itself, but to come home with a medallion is another level. He's remained focused and driven from the very outset of the qualification process. I'm sure this experience will stand him in good stead for future challenges."

Lucy Jones, who trained at Brockenhurst College and works at Chewton Glen hotel in Hampshire, achieved a medallion for excellence in restaurant service.

Mikaela Wright, who works part-time at Glasgow's Rogano seafood and oyster restaurant while she completes her HND in professional cookery, won her medallion in pâtisserie and confectionery.

The annual WorldSkills event, which recognises the key vocational workplace skills of apprentices and young employees, and also presents a number of lectures and debates on the topic of professional education, took place this year in São Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 16 August. Over 50 countries from across the globe were represented.

The UK contingent of 41 included apprentices, and young people either in employment or training competing in 37 skills. In total, Team UK was awarded three gold, four silver and three bronze medals, along with a number of Medallions for Excellence.

The competition recognises a host of different skills, including such varied activities as web design, electronics, welding, hairdressing, and floristry.

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