Local chef Garry Watson and hospitality pupils from Arbroath High School recently picked up a Partnership in Excellence award.
Sophie Martin, S4, and Rebecca Ramsay, S3, attended the prestigious event hosted by Angus Council and held at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel with their mentor chef, Garry Watson, from Gordon’s Restaurant, Inverkeillor.
The award recognises ‘a specific example of partnership working… which has made a significant impact on the learning of young people and has made a lasting contribution to the life of the school’.
Garry has mentored pupils from the school during the last three years, increasing their skills and awareness of the hospitality industry to prepare them for local and national cookery competitions. Both girls have won the local and regional rounds of Springboard UK’s Future Chef competition and have placed highly in the Scottish heats in Glasgow.
Mr Watson has created a strong link with the school’s home economics department and has delivered workshops to whole year groups as well as teachers. He continues to support and give free advice in matters related to his profession.
The partnership award was as a result of being in the short-list of five nominees from over 100 applicants and Garry and the school were delighted to receive the recognition.
Teacher Mrs Forbes commented: “Garry has been a fantastic asset to the school and the time, effort and sponsorship he provides each year to the deserving pupil is immeasurable.”