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Thomas Martins, Professional Cookery student, receiving Further Education Award certificate

Student chef has made an Outstanding Contribution to College Life

9th October 2019 – Tags: FE Awards, Hospitality

The Governors' Robert Walton Award for Outstanding Contribution to College Life has been awarded to Professional Cookery student Tom Martins, who also picked up an FE Award for Outstanding Commitment and Progression in Hospitality and Catering, sponsored by The Forum Trust. 

In his first year at City College Norwich Tom has embraced all the opportunities available to him, including taking part in a national fish competition and live cookery demonstrations at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Tom quickly established himself as an important team member for the Debut Restaurant kitchen and front of house team, where his lecturers say he had led by example with “a high level of professionalism”.

A popular and supportive student from the beginning of the course for both his peers and staff, Tom also engaged in several student voice forums to represent his fellow students.

Furthermore, Tom has impressed with his developing culinary skills, with his lecturers praising his “fantastic work ethic which will stand him in good stead in his future as a professional chef.”

Reflecting on his first year at City College Norwich, Tom said:

It’s been really beneficial. I have been given lots of opportunities to further my knowledge and skills and get a good all-round experience of catering.

Taking part in the seafood competition was a highlight, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was quite challenging and pressured, but it was great for learning how others cook. It would be great to do the competition again and try some different dishes and ways of cooking fish.”