Courses taken: NVQ Level 2 & 3 Hospitality & Catering

High school: Bentham School Geoffrey Fisher alumni profile

Current Occupation: Private Chef

What have you done since leaving Lancaster & Morecambe College?
After leaving LMC in 1997, I worked as a chef for my parents, owners of Whitewalls Restaurant in Hest Bank. I then went to work for Steven Doherty at the Punchbowl Inn in Crosthwaite for roughly a year, who then sent me down to London in 1999 to work at the Mandarin Oriental under David Nicholls and Hywel Jones at restaurant, Foliage. After just over two years working hard in a busy London Michelin starred, I decided to see the bigger picture outside of fine dining and ended up being head chef of a gastro pub in Knightsbridge called Swag & Tails. It was supposed to be a temporary position for a month…ended up staying for 4 years!

Then I was introduced into the world of superyachting. I helped a chef friend of mine at the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix on a yacht…it certainly opened my eyes as to what’s outside London. I came back to London and decided to leave my job and managed to get my first job on a Superyacht in 2006. I worked on a few yachts ranging from 35m to 60m in size. Sailing around the World cooking for the rich & famous. I stayed working at sea for 12 years but I got offered a job recently to get my feet back on dry land, working currently as a private chef in a family house.

Why did you choose to study at LMC?
Apart from being a very good college for catering it was also close by from home!

What were the best bits about your course?
The RWE (real working environment) was a great idea and an insight into a working restaurant, even though I lived in one! Also getting to the Grand Final of the Nestle Toque D’or in 1996 was a great achievement and start to my cheffing career.

Why did you choose your course?
Having finished my A levels and was going to go into design, living and working in a restaurant changed my mind and catering was the course I wanted to do. Although I wasn’t too pleased about doing the service side of the course, it wasn’t until later I realised how necessary it was to understand both sides of catering!

What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course?
Go for it! With hard work and commitment you can go anywhere with catering. But it’s not going to be easy and it’s a tough industry with long and unsociable hours so passion is must! But the job itself is rewarding in many ways, meeting friends for life around the world.

Anything else you would like to tell us?
The lecturers are unparalleled. Their hard work and dedication to the students to move forward in the course and further our start with the connections they have in the industry was certainly a great support and guidance to start my career in Hospitality & Catering.

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Adam Mattinson

August 16, 2019

Course taken: Business & Enterprise Level 3 

Jasmine Fancourt

August 12, 2019

Course taken: Business and Enterprise Level 3 

Nikita Kotter

July 25, 2019

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Eve Thomas

June 28, 2019

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Lawrence Smith

June 25, 2019

Course taken: Computer Games Development Level 3 (now Creative Digital Media Level 3) 

Will Davies

June 21, 2019

Course taken: Computer Games Development Level 3 (now Creative Digital Media Level 3)

Philip Kilshaw

June 21, 2019

Course taken: Computer Games Development Level 3 (now Creative Digital Media Level 3)

Callum Humpage

June 21, 2019

Course taken: Computer Games Development Level 3 (now Creative Digital Media Level 3)

Alex Grubba

June 21, 2019

Course taken: Computer Games Development Level 3 (now Creative Digital Media Level 3)

Fiona Finnigan

June 21, 2019

Apprenticeship taken: Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship and I’m currently doing Level 3 C

Thomas Johnson

June 12, 2019

Course taken at college: Level 1 Fabrication & Welding

Leon Swales

June 12, 2019

Course taken at college: Level 1 Fabrication & Welding

Thomas Bogin

June 12, 2019

Course taken at college: Level 1 Fabrication & Welding

Dagan Jackson

May 23, 2019

Courses taken: Travel & Tourism Level 3 & Air Cabin Crew Level 2 

Sarah Croasdale

May 22, 2019

Course taken: Health & Social Care Level 3

Jennifer Thurston

May 22, 2019

Course taken: Access to Higher Education 

Olivia Rowlands

May 22, 2019

Courses taken: Health & Social Care Level 3 & The NHS Cadet Course

Will McLean

May 21, 2019

Course taken: Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeships Level 2 and 3

Lucas Bentley

May 21, 2019

Course taken: Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 and Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship

Jack Baker

May 21, 2019

Course taken: Level 2 and Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship

Ashley Birkett

May 21, 2019

Course taken: Level 2 Fabrication & Welding

Adam Mark Taylor

May 21, 2019

Courses taken: Level 1 MIG Welding and Level 2 Fabrication & Welding

Molly Hackett

April 24, 2019

Course taken: Business and Enterprise Level 3

Megan Aitken

April 24, 2019

Course taken: Business and Enterprise Level 3

Reon Reid

April 24, 2019

Course taken: GCSE English

Ryan Mead

April 23, 2019

Course taken: Public Services Level 3 

Glen Robinson

April 04, 2019

Course taken: BTEC Sports Development

Ellie Foulds

March 13, 2019

Course taken: Air Cabin Crew Level 2 

Billy Walden

January 23, 2019

Courses taken: Carpentry & Joinery Level 2 and GCSE Maths & English

Tiana Crossland-Harris

January 21, 2019

Course taken: Air Cabin Crew Level 2 

Emma Nevinson

January 17, 2019

Course taken: Air Cabin Crew Level 2

Geoffrey Fisher

January 16, 2019

Courses taken: NVQ Level 2 & 3 Hospitality & Catering

Darcie Whitehead

October 28, 2018

Apprenticeship taken: Business Administration Level 3

Thomas Cross

September 12, 2018

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Sarah Maltby

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Joe McCorriston

August 23, 2018

Course taken: Level 3 Music & HNC Music

Callum Smylie

August 15, 2018

Apprenticeship taken: Warehouse and Logistics Level 2 

Caitlin Williams

August 09, 2018

Course taken: Business and Enterprise Level 3 

Holly Eva Rouse

July 23, 2018

Course taken: Art & Design Level 3 Extended Diploma

George Mundy

June 13, 2018

Apprenticeships taken: Level 2 Bench Joinery Apprenticeship & Level 3 Bench Joinery Appren

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June 13, 2018

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Kyle Davies

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Kelly Murgatroyd

June 04, 2018

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Sam Wilson

May 31, 2018

Courses taken: Level 3 Animal Care & HNC Animal Welfare & Behaviour

Zoe Fox

May 16, 2018

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Tegan Davies

May 16, 2018

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Sarah Pollard

May 16, 2018

Course taken: Animal Welfare & Behaviour HNC

Eleanor Bain

May 16, 2018

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Karisha Young

May 09, 2018

Course taken: Public Services Level 3

Ashleigh Cartledge

May 09, 2018

Courses taken: Beauty Therapy Level 2 & Level 3

Michelle McDermott

May 09, 2018

Courses taken: Beauty Therapy Level 3 and Hairdressing Level 3

Ilsa Darby

May 02, 2018

Course taken: Aspire to Performing Arts

Sophie Santon

April 26, 2018

Course taken: Level 3 Engineering

Amandeep Kaur

March 16, 2018

Course taken: Aspire Pathway to Business and Retail

Dayna Cannon

March 09, 2018

Courses taken: Air Cabin Crew Level 2 & Travel and Tourism Level 2 

Scott Fairweather

March 08, 2018

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Daniel Postlethwaite

February 27, 2018

Courses taken: National Diploma in Sport & Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching

Jennifer Keane

February 27, 2018

Course taken: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Joe Holliman

February 23, 2018

Courses taken: BTEC Level 3 Sport, Foundation Degree Sports Coaching & PGCE

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February 23, 2018

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Jonathan Timmis

February 14, 2018

Course taken: BTEC Business Studies

Chelsea Ainsley

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Richard Johnson

February 01, 2018

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Danielle Maloney (Denby)

January 31, 2018

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Wioleta Bernal

January 18, 2018

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Ocean Heward-Wearing

January 18, 2018

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Megan Dunham

January 18, 2018

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Fiona Conroy

January 18, 2018

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Casey Knowles

January 18, 2018

Course taken: Public Services HND Level 5 

Lee Jackson

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Public Services Level 3 

Kerry Garnett

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Public Services Level 3

Hannah Gosling

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Public Services Level 3 

Zachariah Rogers

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Electrical Installation Level 2

Will McLean

January 17, 2018

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Siobhan Fagan

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Electrical Installation Level 2

Matt Smith

January 17, 2018

Apprenticeship taken: Carpentry and Joinery Level 2

Lucas Bentley

January 17, 2018

Apprenticeship taken: Carpentry and Joinery Level 2

Josh Clayton

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Level 1 Multiskills

Jake Dickson

January 17, 2018

Apprenticeship taken: Carpentry and Joinery Level 2

Harry Procter

January 17, 2018

Course taken: Electrical Installation Level 2

Aidan Saunders

January 17, 2018

Apprenticeship taken: Carpentry and Joinery Level 2

Ella MacAdam

January 16, 2018

Course taken: Air Cabin Crew Level 2 

Callum Kelly

January 16, 2018

Course taken: Air Cabin Crew Level 2 

Chloe Halhead

December 15, 2017

Course taken: Sports Coaching HND Level 5 

Edward Brownell

December 12, 2017

Course taken: Sport Level 3

Kate Wells

October 09, 2017

Apprenticeship taken: Business Administration NVQ Level 2 Diploma

Charlotte James

October 09, 2017

Courses taken: Travel & Tourism Level 2 & Air Cabin Crew Level 2

Rachel Groundwater

October 09, 2017

Courses taken: Travel & Tourism Level 2 & Air Cabin Crew Level 2

Jack Marland

August 31, 2017

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