A teenager from Cranfield took the top prize in an awards ceremony for catering students.
Cooks and cake bakers, front of house hosts and hotel trainees were all recognised by the hospitality training department of Bedford College at the event held at the Howard Room in Bedford Corn Exchange.
Overall winner was Joseph Elliott, 17, who attended Wootton Upper School before attending the college where he was recognised for his 100% attendance, commitment, methodology, smart appearance and professional approach to work experience where the employer described him as “a credit to Bedford College.”
Other winners were:
Hospitality and Catering Cake Decoration Level 1 Student of the Year (SotY) - Maria Poultney.
Cake Decoration Level 2 SotY - Sadie Farmer. She and nearly 50 others aged from 18 to 60 completed the part-time course to exhibition standards.
Certificate Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Entry Level 3 SotY was Carmel Smith.
Professional Cookery Level 1 SotY - Lucy Pither.
Professional Cookery Level 2 SotY - Hannah Slight.
Food and Beverage Service Level 2 SotY - Luke Bray.
Hospitality and Catering Level 3 SotY - Steven Linney.
Winner of the Apprentice/Work-based Soty - Joanna Foster.
Higher Education SotY - Jemima Pestle.
There was a special award for staff member Alex Hadland who, after falling off a horse and breaking her leg, continued to support the team. Formerly a publican at The Fox, Carlton, Alex completed her teaching qualification and now lectures in hospitality as well as teaching English and maths.
Executive director of the arts Sue Blackman congratulated students on their creativity and thanked employers who supported the department.
Assistant director Mark Lewis said families were key to the success of students and explained how his interest in catering started by being taught to cook by his grandmother and added: “Cooking begins at home, passion turns it into a profession.”
The awards were sponsored by www.cake-craft.com