Carnival UK, who operate cruise ships all around the world, have linked with South Downs College for the first time to find apprentice chefs.
South Downs College lecturer Andy Backshall nominated his ten most high performing students to meet representatives from Carnival. From this, five were shortlisted for a cook-off, which took place in South Downs College’s Restaurant kitchens today.
Five students, four from South Downs College and one from Eastleigh College, worked as a team to serve up three delicious courses. Darren Rustiforth, Hotel Fleet Trainer (Culinary), was joined by his colleagues Ernest D’Souza and Ewan Legg, to observe how the students coped under the pressure.
Rhys White, age 19 and studying Level 2 City & Guild Craft Catering at South Downs College, said:
“The cook-off has been challenging, but I did really enjoy it. It’s been nerve-wracking being watched so closely. I wanted to go for this because it’s a great opportunity to take my cookery further – all over the world in fact!”
Those who make it through this round will be invited to an interview. Successful students will be offered an 18 – 24 month apprenticeship where they will learn their trade whilst travelling the Mediterranean, Caribbean and/or on a tour of the world. The final apprentices will split their time between studying at College and putting their skills to practice on cruise ships, such as the Queen Elizabeth and P&O’s Britannia.
Debbie Smith, Assistant Principal, said:
“We’re very pleased to work with such an innovative company as Carnival. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our high calibre students to work with such a prestigious company. South Downs College seeks out the very best employers for our students to gain industry experience and we are exceptionally proud of our students, who work so hard to learn these skills. I wish them every success in their future careers.”