Schol­ar­ship win for Pa­tryk

Five-star place­ment for young chef

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ramage

A tal­ented hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dent from Mother­well fended off a host of as­pir­ing chefs to earn a prized schol­ar­ship at the world- fa­mous Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel.

Pa­tryk Bro­dacki, who stud­ies HNC Pro­fes­sional Cook­ery at New Col­lege La­nark­shire, is only the sec­ond re­cip­i­ent of the Gibby Culi­nary Schol­ar­ship, set up in mem­ory of late Gle­nea­gles chef Alan Gibb.

Bud­ding chefs from col­leges all over Scot­land com­peted for the chance to cook in the kitchen of the lux­ury five-star re­sort ho­tel.

The 21-year-old bagged the top prize af­ter im­press­ing judges at the fi­nal held at The Cook School Scot­land in Kil­marnock.

He will re­ceive a two- week place­ment at the Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel, a pas­try mas­ter­class with HIT Scot­land, and has the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to se­cure a per­ma­nent po­si­tion at the ho­tel.

Pa­tryk, who plans to progress to HND Pro­fes­sional Cook­ery in Au­gust, said: “It didn’t re­ally hit me straight away when they said I’d won, but af­ter­wards, when Gle­nea­gles’ head chef gave me his busi­ness card and told me to call him any­time, at that point I re­alised that I’d won. “It was amaz­ing. “With­out New Col­lege La­nark­shire, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this – I’ve not only learned a lot, I’ve got a job, and I’ve worked with so many dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and cuisines.

“In the fu­ture I’d like to travel around the world as much as pos­si­ble and this schol­ar­ship with Gle­nea­gles will sup­port me in do­ing that.”

The Gibby Culi­nary Schol­ar­ship was founded by the Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel, and sup­ported by HIT Scot­land and the Fed­er­a­tion of Chefs, to fos­ter emerg­ing hos­pi­tal­ity tal­ent.

It was es­tab­lished to hon­our the mem­ory of Alan Gibb, Gle­nea­gles’ ex­ec­u­tive head chef who passed away sud­denly in June 2016 aged just 48.

Si­mon At­tridge, Gle­nea­gles’ ex­ec­u­tive chef, said: “We’re de­lighted to of­fer our 2018 Gibby Schol­ar­ship to Pa­tryk, who showed de­ter­mi­na­tion, pos­i­tiv­ity, a will­ing­ness to learn and cre­ativ­ity through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

“These are the at­tributes de­manded for a suc­cess­ful culi­nary ca­reer and the qual­i­ties Gibby him­self would have iden­ti­fied and cham­pi­oned in his team.

“This schol­ar­ship will give Pa­tryk the op­por­tu­nity to train with the kitchen teams across all our restau­rants, pro­vid­ing him with valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in a fast-paced and ex­cit­ing five-star en­vi­ron­ment with some of the finest chefs in the coun­try.”

Pa­tryk was men­tored through­out the com­pe­ti­tion by lec­turer Alan Boslem, who has also em­ployed the bud­ding chef as an ap­pren­tice with his com­pany, Big Bite Cater ing, which caters for events all over Scot­land.

Dar­ren Pet­ti­grew, cur­ricu­lum and qual­ity leader in hos­pi­tal­ity at New Col­lege La­nark­shire, added: “Pa­tryk was suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing this ac­co­lade af­ter sev­eral months of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“This fan­tas­tic achieve­ment will un­doubt­edly shape Pa­tryk’s fu­ture ca­reer and I’d like to thank his men­tor, Alan Boslem, for en­cour­ag­ing Pa­tryk on ev­ery step of this re­mark­able jour­ney.”

It didn’t re­ally hit me straight away....it was amaz­ing

Food for thought Pa­tryk Bro­dacki with Gle­nea­gles ex­ec­u­tive chef Si­mon At­tridge

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