Professional cookery student George O’Garro

Cookery student George OGarro

After 20 years working as an electrical linesman, 39-year-old George O’Garro decided it was time for a complete career change!

With a passion for cookery and a long-term plan to return home to the Caribbean and open his own cook shop, he enrolled on the Level 2 diploma in professional cookery.

George said: “I called into the college and had a chat to the tutors to see what courses were available and liked what I heard!

“I already felt confident cooking but the course is teaching me the proper way of doing things and I’m learning the skills I’d need in a professional kitchen such as the correct terminology, elements of food science and how ingredients work together.

“Preparing food for customers in the Academy restaurant is good experience and it makes me feel good when I get positive feedback from customers – and I like that there’s a window between the kitchen and restaurant so that diners can see us at work while they’re eating.

“I’d encourage anyone who’s thinking of changing career to pursue their passion – whilst returning to studying was a challenge for the first couple of weeks I’m now really settled and know I made the right decision.”

For an update on George’s career progression click here

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