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Leiths Diploma Graduation: Class of 2018

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Leiths Diploma Graduation: Class of 2018

After three terms of intensive training, our Diploma students had reason to celebrate on 22nd June as we toasted their graduation. And what a party it was!

Over the last year, our students have gained the theoretical knowledge, technical wizardry and creative skills to take them from keen cook to professional chef. 

The graduation ceremony at George IV in Chiswick on 22nd June recognised the most exceptional students in this year’s cohort with awards for student portfolios, highest theory mark, highest practical mark, wine student of the year (sponsored by Louis Latour) and overall student of the year (sponsored by I&P Olive Oils).  

After handing out the prizes the party continued late into the evening with food (how could there not be?!), drinks and dancing with The Volstead Orchestra providing 1920s and 30s jazz.  Staff, sponsors and students were all out in force to celebrate the new generation of exciting culinary talent. 

Up first, the prize for best portfolio was awarded to both Babita Danahwoor and James Brandrith, as this year teachers struggled to choose between the two! Throughout their time at Leiths students are asked to create a portfolio that will be of use to them in their chosen career paths. The winners were awarded with lunch or dinner at their restaurant of choice and a restored Leiths copper pan. 

The prize for highest practical exam mark went to Jessica Meyer who impressed teachers with her well executed, flavourful food and exceptional attention to detail. She was also awarded with lunch or dinner at her restaurant of choice and a copper pan. 

The Louis Latour Wine Student of the Year, Thomas Tsappis, scored an impressive 100% in the WSET Level 2 wine exam and an equally impressive 94.33% in his theory exam, which also madeg him the winner of the highest theory mark award. He was gifted with a trip for two to Beaune where he will enjoy a two-day tour of the prestigious vineyards and cellars at Maison Louis Latour.

Finally, the I & P Overall Student of the Year prize went to Caitlin Titley, who was presented with I & P’s rare Caninese collection olive oils as well as an all-expenses-paid trip for two to their olive groves just north of Rome during the harvest. During her trip she’ll learn all about the production process and will taste some fabulous regional dishes. 

We'll be watching the careers of all of this year’s graduates and winners with great anticipation and look forward to eating their food, recreating their recipes or reading their articles in the not too distant future. Congratulations to all!

Author: Ailie Bishop

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