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Heat is on for The College Ystrad Mynach cookery students

FOUR aspiring young chefs showed they had the right ingredients for success when they took part in a national culinary competition.

Talented Ystrad Mynach Pathway to Apprenticeship Professional Cookery  students Charlie Prosser and Cheryl Prosser (no relation), from Aberbargoed, Emma Bilkey, from Bargoed, and Daniel Jones, from Merthyr Tydfil, competed against budding chefs from across Wales at the annual Welsh International Culinary Championships.

The culinary skills of the 17-year-old students were as sharp as their kitchen knives as they competed in the prestigious competition at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales, and returned with a host of medals and certificates.

The four are all fulfilling their passion for food on the college’s professional cookery course and developing their skills and techniques in the state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant on the Ystrad Mynach campus.

Charlie won a bronze medal in the knife skills cutting of vegetables section, and a certificate of merit in both the knife skills cutting of fruit and piping creamed mashed potatoes categories.

Cheryl won a certificate of merit in both the piping mashed potatoes and open bistro sandwich sections.

And Emma scooped bronze medals in the cutting of vegetables, cutting of fruit and the open bistro sandwich categories.

Catering lecturer and the students’ tutor Carol Jones said she was extremely proud of their achievements at the competition which is organised annually by the Welsh Culinary Association.

She said: “It was a great experience for them and they did really well. We are proud for the college and for the students.”

Emma, whose ambition is to work in the food industry abroad or on a cruise ship when she qualifies, said she was delighted to return home with three bronze medals.

She added: “We did a series of competitions throughout the day when we were given a set amount of time to accomplish each task. We put into practice what we have been learning at college.

“The judges were walking back and forth so it was a bit nerve-wracking.”

Emma first got interested in joining the cookery course after being inspired by dad Mark, who is a keen amateur cook at home.

“My dad likes cooking as a hobby and I thought I’d try it. I started it at college and really got into it,” said Emma. And she said dad Mark and mum Linda were proud of what she had achieved in the competition.

“They were chuffed to bits for me,” she said.

As well as honing their cookery skills in the classroom, the talented culinary quartet also spend one day a week working in the kitchens of hotels in Cardiff as part of their course.


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Pontypool trainee wins through to all-Wales Hairdressing final

A trainee from Pontypool has won through to the final of the competition to find Wales’ best up and coming Hairdresser.

17-year-old Heather Keeble from Pontypool, a Level 2 Hairdressing student at The College Ystrad Mynach, came out top in the South & West Wales heat of the Skills Competition Wales Hairdressing event held at The College Ystrad Mynach.

She will now go forward to the all-wales final which will be held at Coleg Powys on 25 March 2012.

Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund,Skills Competition Walespromotes the importance of developing a highly skilled workforce.

Stylists had to complete two hairstyles within a set time frame.  The first style was a ladies military precision cut on a mannequin head followed by a strictly hair up style on a live model.  Competitors were judged on their cut, finish and colour techniques whilst the hair up heat was judged on the overall finish and ornamentation used within the style.

Skills Competition Walesaims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as hairdressing, automotive engineering, aerospace, construction skills, catering, accountancy, media, and information technology.

It involves colleges, Sector Skills Councils and training providers running competitions across Wales. 

  • Skills Competition Walesoffers learners a chance to test, benchmark and raise their skills levels and provides valuable competition experience for those who enter and progress onto WorldSkills UK competitions.  The next World Skills event takes place in Leipzig in July 2013. For employers, competitions not only help drive up the quality in apprenticeships and vocational education, but also motivate employees to achieve success.

WorldSkills UK competitions are the feeder route for competitors to go forward and represent their Country at the biennial International 'WorldSkills' competition – the world’s largest skills competition.

The Welsh Government is encouraging businesses and skills providers in Wales to get involved, promote and support Skills Competition Wales and WorldSkills competitions.

For more information about Skills Competitions Wales and WorldSkills UK please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/wales   


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Penarth trainee wins through to all-Wales Nail Enhancement final

A trainee from Penarth has won through to the final of the competition to find Wales’ best up and coming Nail Technician.

18-year-old Charlotte Burley from Penarth, a Nail Services student at The College Ystrad Mynach, came out top in the South & West Wales heat of the Skills Competition Wales Nail Enhancement event held at The College Ystrad Mynach.

She will now go forward to the all-wales final which will be held at Coleg Morgannwg on 25 March.

Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund,Skills Competition Walespromotes the importance of developing a highly skilled workforce.

Contestants had to paint two hands to the theme of Golden Burlesque within a set time frame.  Competitors were judged on the nail application, finished result and their application of Health & Safety.

Skills Competition Walesaims to find Wales’ most talented trainees across a wide range of skills, including fields such as nail enhancement, automotive engineering, aerospace, construction skills, catering, accountancy, media, and information technology.

It involves colleges, Sector Skills Councils and training providers running competitions across Wales. 

  • Skills Competition Walesoffers learners a chance to test, benchmark and raise their skills levels and provides valuable competition experience for those who enter and progress onto WorldSkills UK competitions.  The next World Skills event takes place in Leipzig in July 2013. For employers, competitions not only help drive up the quality in apprenticeships and vocational education, but also motivate employees to achieve success.

WorldSkills UK competitions are the feeder route for competitors to go forward and represent their Country at the biennial International 'WorldSkills' competition – the world’s largest skills competition.

The Welsh Government is encouraging businesses and skills providers in Wales to get involved, promote and support Skills Competition Wales and WorldSkills competitions.

For more information about Skills Competitions Wales and WorldSkills UK please visit www.worldskillsuk.org/wales   


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