Scholarship win for Patryk
Five-star placement for young chef
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