Young Chef of the Year credits our award-winning catering status

Young Chef of the Year credits our award-winning catering status

Our award-winning reputation was what attracted a 17-year-old to study catering at Trafford College – and go on to win Manchester Hoteliers Association’s Young Chef of the Year.

Thomas Matin from Eccles could have enrolled closer to home, but he chose to learn Level 3 Professional Chef in the training kitchens of our onsite Aspire Restaurant "because of our highly commended AA College Rosette status".

The aspiring restauranteur received a standing ovation from members of the crowd at The Principal Manchester on October 11th at the prize-giving for his dish of fillet steak, peppered sauce, potato gratin and truffled cabbage that judges said “they would pay good money for”.

Thomas said: “Both my parents used to work on Saturdays so my grandparents would come over and from the age of 12 I cooked steak and chips for them, and I’ve been perfecting it ever since. For the competition at Masterchef winner, Simon Wood’s restaurant, I was able to apply the presentation and seasoning skills I’ve learned at the College.

“Learning at Trafford College teaches you what it’s like to cook in a real life situation, cooking for the diners in Aspire Restaurant. The tutors are really friendly and the facilities are excellent – not just in the kitchens, but I’m always in the library. I go in after every lesson to write up my work and my recipes.”

Thomas credits our CV writing lessons for helping him secure the job of Commis Chef in the banqueting kitchens at The Principal Manchester where he juggles his studies with cooking for up to 600 people four days a week.

Catering tutor Paul Taylor said: “Squeezing in a Level 3 around a full time job and performing so well at his age is just phenomenal. Thomas is keen to learn, always on time, he gives 100 per cent and has a very positive attitude. We’re delighted that he’s won. Thomas has a very bright future ahead.” Thomas’ dream is to one day work at his parents’ restaurant, The Italian Job, which has been serving Urmston for 37 years.