Henley College Coventry Hospitality and Catering student to compete for a place at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Henley College Coventry Hospitality and Catering student to compete for a place at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017AWe are proud to announce Burhan Ahmed has won a Silver medal at the WorldSkills UK finals and has made the UK squad where he will be working hard towards competing for a place at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Burhan competed over three days in front of over 75,000 people at The Skills Show, which took place at the NEC Birmingham.

Burhan Ahmed secured a place in the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition Finals after scoring highly in the regional Catering final heats which took place earlier this year.

Henley College Coventry Hospitality and Catering student to compete for a place at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017BThe World Skills is managed by The Craft Guild of Chefs. WorldSkills UK Skills Competitions, part of Find a Future, inspires young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.

Burhan Ahmed started his story with a level 2 hospitality and catering course at Henley College Coventry and progressed to the level 3. He says “The course taught me classic catering skills and then I had the freedom to modernise the dishes through the different assignments. I am a bit of a Gastro Junky and I love merging different cuisines to experiment. Burhan entered the Welsh International Culinary Competition and says “I enjoy entering the competitions as I am very competitive.”

Burhan was one of only two learners picked to represent Henley College on a trip to Volgograd, Russia where he conducted a master class of British cuisine for Russian chefs in a restaurant in the heart of the city. Burhan also visited Volgograd College of Catering and demonstrated his competition winning dishes as well as presenting information about the trends of British cuisine and life at Henley College Coventry.

He says “I was really excited about being picked it was a really great opportunity as I love travelling and cooking. If you had said to me when I started the course that I would be going to Russia I would have said no chance. I have big ambitions for the future and I want to own one of the world’s best restaurants.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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