A catering student from Bradford College is ready to cook up a storm after landing a dream job at one of the world's most prestigious hotels.
Olivia Johnston is set to start working as a commis chef at The Dorchester in London – an internationally-renowned hotel frequented by the rich and famous which boasts five restaurants and Michelin-starred menus.
The 18-year-old was offered a permanent position following a week-long work placement in the kitchens of the super luxurious celebrity haunt.
“It is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to start,” said the teenager who has just completed a Level 3 Professional Cookery course at Bradford College and moves to the capital to start her new job next month.
“The placement was a real eye-opener. It is like nowhere I had ever seen or been before. The kitchens are so big they have elevators in.
“I learned a lot of refinement and detail and how to do things to the very highest standard and quality. But I didn’t feel out of my depth. My training at Bradford College has prepared me well.
“I have always dreamed of being a chef so getting this position as my first job is a real dream come true. It also goes to show how important work experience is.”
Olivia’s work placement opportunity came up as a result of an inter-college catering competition in Jersey earlier this year.
She was part of a Bradford College team of students that competed against trainee chefs from top catering colleges in London and Jersey in a restaurant-running contest.
The Executive Chef at The Dorchester, Henry Brosi, was on the judging panel for the HEAT contest and invited students from the competing colleges to spend a week in his revered establishment.
Paul Johnson, catering lecturer at Bradford College, couldn’t be happier for his talented student.
“As a student Olivia is motivated, dedicated and is a leader in the making,” he said.
“She is a natural talent with a grounded mindset. I can’t think of a better ambassador to demonstrate what Bradford College is made of.
“It takes true dedication and sacrifice to survive in the best kitchens in the worlds and Olivia has that.
“Seeing students succeed like this is what makes the job worthwhile.”