Westminster Kingsway College Culinary Arts and Hospitality students celebrated their graduation from the colleges Professional Chef and Hospitality courses last week joined by family and friends at ceremony at St Stephen's Church, London.
The students had graduated from a number of courses including the Diploma in Restaurant Supervision, Professional Patisserie Scholarship, the Professional Chef Diploma for Patisserie and Confectionary and the Professional Chef Diploma were honoured by current chef students with a culinary orchestra.
Seventeen special awards were presented to graduating students who had excelled throughout their time at Westminster Kingsway College by Geoff Booth, assistant principal and Serge Pradier, general manager of the Institute of Directors.
Two new awards for 2014 included the new Best Science and Innovation Award and the inaugural Katie Apps Award for special achievement. The Katie Apps award was presented in memory of former student Katie Apps who sadly passed away at the beginning of the year and the new graduates were addressed by David Apps, Katie Apps father who spoke of his daughter's happy time at the college.
Sam Jones, professional chef diploma graduate, was awarded the Best Science and Innovation Student Award and said: "One of the best things about Westminster Kingsway College is the wealth of experience, knowledge and resources behind the college. I learnt so much, and I am very grateful. My heartfelt thanks go out to my competition mentor and all of our lecturers."
Gary Hunter, head of culinary arts and hospitality, and Geoff Booth, assistant principal and head of the College's School of Hospitality, also presented ten Honorary Fellowships for the College to leading figures in the Hospitality Industry in recognition of their achievements and their support for Westminster Kingsway College, including chef Brian Turner CBE and Martin Bates, CEO of the Craft Guild of Chefs
"I am proud of my relationship with Westminster Kingsway College," said Turner.
"Being based in the heart of London gives it a great location as a leader in culinary education and an inspiration to a lot of people as it shows the very best of what people in the culinary and hospitality industry can do. It's a pleasure to be a part of such an important family."
The full list of Honorary Fellowships:
• Christopher Basten, chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and chef lecturer, Westminster Kingsway College
• Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, CEO of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Chefs Adopt a School
• Gearoid Devaney, master sommelier
• Silvano Giraldin, front of house specialist and former chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
• Sarah Hartnett, head pastry chef at Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
• Brian Turner CBE, celebrity chef and president of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
• Bev Puxley, past master of the Worshipful Company of Cooks
• Clive Roberts, chef proprietor of the Old Forge Restaurant
• Martin Bates, CEO of the Craft Guild of Chefs
• Robert Rose, restaurant manager, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.