Student ready to cook up a treat at national final

Chloe Robinson has made the finals of the WorldSkills UKs Restaurant Service competition which will be held in November.
Chloe Robinson has made the finals of the WorldSkills UKs Restaurant Service competition which will be held in November.

A Scarborough TEC student has made it through to the final stages of the WorldSkills UK competition.

Chloe Robinson, 17, will compete in the final of the Restaurant Service competition at the event.

Chloe, a hospitality and catering student, will be representing Scarborough TEC at The Skills Show, which is held at Birmingham NEC in November, where she will compete against other young finalists from across the UK.

Worldskills UK is a partnership between businesses, education and Governments that accelerates young people’s careers giving them the best start in work and life through skills competitions.

Chloe was entered for the competitions by Paula Truelove, programme leader for Level 1 hospitality and catering, who believes she has all the skills needed to succeed in the final round.

Paula said: “I asked for volunteers from the group and we whittled the list down to three students, including Chloe, who we put forward.

“The students have really proven themselves with the extra-curricular activities they take part in and it’s fantastic to see them achieving things they didn’t think they could.

“The other students have been interested in what the competitors have been doing and have come in to watch them practice, so the effect has rippled out across the group.”

Chloe said: “Going to competitions really wasn’t my thing and I didn’t think it would go any further, but I thought I might regret it if I didn’t put myself forward.

“We were given a brief three weeks before the competition and I had to practice how to flambe Steak Diane, make two mocktails and two cocktails and a table setting and make a cappuccino and latte.

“I’m a real foodie and think if you go with what you love you can’t go far wrong.

“I came to the Scarborough TEC after speaking to lots of chefs who all said that this was the best catering college around here.

“I wanted to train in the kitchens, I didn’t think I’d be involved in front-of-house but I have really loved it so far.

“Taking part in the competition has been a real confidence booster so far.”