Success Story: Professional Cookery Student, Shermayne Thomas
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Professional Cookery Student, Shermayne Thomas

An appearance on popular Channel 4 show Come Dine with Me inspired 29-year-old Shermayne Thomas to launch her own cookery business – but knowing she’d need industry-recognised qualifications behind her, she enrolled at college to do a Level 2 diploma in professional cookery as the first step to her future dream.

Shermayne said: “I’ve loved cooking for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed cooking for friends and family, but never really considered it as a career before.

“I’ve done lots of different jobs – such as reception work, waitressing and bar work – but I never felt fulfilled and, after appearing on the TV show, I realised that cooking and running my own business is what I really want to do in the future.

“I enrolled at college to develop skills I‘ll need in the future – such as knife skills, preparing vegetables in the correct way, different cuts of meat, making different sauces, and presenting dishes – and although I’ve only been here for five weeks I’ve learnt  so much already.

“It’s great to be working as part of a catering team in a professional kitchen preparing and cooking meals for real customers – and feedback from diners on the night that the restaurant re-opened was really good.

“If anyone of my age thinks they’ve left it too late to change direction I’d say it’s never too late – don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of what you want to achieve in the future.”

After completing the Level 2 qualification Shermayne is planning to progress to Level 3 professional cookery and then Level 2 and 3 bakery qualifications.

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