Emma McGlamery, bakery student at Moulton College has been awarded Gold with distinction at the annual Food and Drink Awards 2021. Susanna Pack, also studying bakery at the College has received Silver, and previous student Phoebe Gluyas has taken home Gold. All three awards form part of the College Student of the Year category, sponsored by training provider, The Mallows Company.
The annual Food and Drink Awards celebrate all that is great about food and drink in Northamptonshire. Entries are submitted by pubs, restaurants, chefs, producers and cafés, with recommendations also made by the public. After months of judging, an Awards Dinner takes place, with this year’s event hosted by the Royal and Derngate in Northampton.
Emma, who studies Level 3 Bakery at Moulton College, scooped Gold with Distinction at the Awards after being nominated by her tutor and making it through the application process.
Emma said: “It is difficult to articulate how grateful I am for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing experience. I think one of my favourite parts was finding out I had been nominated in the first place. It was so unexpected and really encouraging to be recognised for my hard work and commitment. I am so honoured and proud to have received Gold with Distinction in the Food and Drink College Student of the Year.”
Emma spoke of her future plans:
“I am so excited for the future, and following my final year at Moulton College have ambitions to write my own cookbook showcasing healthy, affordable and adaptable recipes for the whole family. I’m also interested to learn how the sector can become more environmentally conscious and sustainable, so that will be a big focus for me.”
Susanna, who secured a Silver award attended the Awards evening with her dad. She commented on the highlights of the night and her career aspirations:
“My dad and I both had a great time at the Awards. The food was delicious and I enjoyed being able to network with industry professionals and learn more about the county’s food industries. Going forwards, I plan to continue building my knowledge and skills at Cloverdale Catering in Irthlingborough where I currently work part time. Ultimately, my aim is to set up my own business making cakes for special occasions.”
Phoebe, who has since graduated from the College and also received Gold in these awards, said:
“My favourite part of the process was the interview with the judges. It was great to talk about everything I have achieved and answer the questions they had. I attended the awards evening and it was incredible, and nothing like I’d imagined to be honest. My plan for the future is to graduate from Cardiff metropolitan university where I am currently studying and then hopefully push to get the job I want after.”
Steve Russell, Bakery Lecturer at Moulton College is thrilled with the results: “The Food and Drink Awards exist to celebrate the incredible talent from the county’s food and drink sector so Emma, Phoebe and Susanna deserve to receive the awards they have. It’s a sector that’s constantly improving and innovating and all three students have proven their ability in the classroom (and bakery!) to think outside the box when it comes to creating and refining new recipes. We’re all so proud of their achievements and wish them well as they progress into this exciting sector.”
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