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14th November 2017

Since February 2016, Hull College has enjoyed a unique partnership with Michelin Star Chef James Mackenzie to create a truly unique programme for the next generation of Michelin Chefs.

After months of hard work, Level 3 Professional Cookery student Ellie Tuttle has become the second student to be awarded the Yorkshire Chef Certificate.

The Yorkshire Chef Certificate is a programme endorsed by James Mackenzie, the owner of The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton and is designed to provide relevant work placements to Level 3 Cookery students. Applicants also get the opportunity to learn from the best by working alongside other Michelin Star Chefs.

As part of the programme, the work carried out by students is recorded in an official document they can use to supplement their CV to display the standard they have worked to and the established restaurants they have learnt in.

This latest award adds to Ellie’s current collection, having previously scooped 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals at Hotelympia events, and a Silver medal at this year’s WorldSkills regional finals.

Ellie said, “I got the Yorkshire chef certificate because of my synoptic results which were the highest in my class for both theory and practical.”

“I have also done really well in a few competitions including Copper Saucepan and Hotelympia.”

“I wasn’t expecting this award at all, so when they told I was really surprised by the announcement. Winning this award really boosts my CV, so it’s really good for me.”

James Mackenzie, owner of The Pipe & Glass In, South Dalton said, "I created the Yorkshire Chefs Certificate after wanting to initiate something similar for a number of years, to help aspiring chefs and to encourage hospitality employers to engage more with colleges.”

"The certificate programme allows students the opportunity to gain an extra layer of knowledge and work experience, in addition to what they receive at college.”

"This gives them the edge when they move into employment, demonstrating to employers that they have the skills and commercial awareness to provide a valuable contribution to their kitchens.”

"Ellie has great skills and a real passion for pastry work and confectionary, proving she is a worthy recipient of the certificate and I wish her all the success in her future career.”

Ian Snedden, Curriculum Leader at Hull College said, “Ellie has been an exceptional learner at Hull College who demonstrated the key attributes required by employers such as 100% attendance, time keeping and the drive and determination to be the best she can be.”

“Ellie also recently gained the accolade of being the first female winner of the prestigious Copper Saucepan Award in 2017.”

“She has always been a team player and her quest for knowledge was a further reason for awarding her with the certificate, we could not be more proud of her and we know she will go on to great things.”

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Course Leader Ian Snedden, Ellie Tuttle, James Mackenzie, Head of School Nicola Allison