Bournville College student wins prestigious catering award


A Bournville College student has achieved third place in this year’s prestigious Wing Yip Young Chef of the Year competition.

The national annual event offers aspiring chefs between the ages of 18-25 the chance to showcase their culinary talent whilst developing their skills.

Ryan Hyslop competed against 14 other chefs from other venues and organisations across the country, including the House of Commons and The Belfry Hotel and Resort.

After working at various places part-time, Ryan wanted to challenge himself to drive his new found passion, so attended an open day at Bournville College.

David Hampton, Catering Lecturer at South & City College, said: “I remember seeing Ryan at the open day. He was going to sign up to a Level 2 Catering course, but he showed so much energy and passion that I took him on at a Level 3.

Since day one, his attendance and punctuality has been superb; he gets involved in extra activities; he is eager to learn and improve and is always the last one to leave. His whole attitude makes him a pleasure to teach and I’m really proud of him.”

After completing the Level 3 Professional Cookery course he is currently studying, Ryan plans to gain invaluable experience through working on cruise ships, eventually progressing to a Michelin star restaurant, with the ultimate goal of owning his own restaurant.

He said: “If I could work with anyone, I’d love to work under Gordon Ramsay. I think he would be a really good mentor. Birmingham’s own Michelin star celebrity chef Glynn Purnell worked under Ramsay and his career is an inspiration.”

In addition to this latest success, Ryan has also won a gold medal at a recent inter-college culinary competition.

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