By George He Can Cook!

Hospitality & Catering student George Parkin has recently been recognised at a Students’ Award ceremony.

Mr Parkin, aged 38 from Easington Colliery, is a part-time student at East Durham College and enrolled on a Level 2 Professional Cookery course.

Mr Parkin had worked in number of trades; working on building sites, driving dump trucks, painting and decorating, tarmacing and warehousing – but had never found his vocation in life.

But after 2 years of being unemployed he enrolled on a 6 Month Unemployment Offer at the College that enabled him to try out various trades  and he then realised cooking was what he wanted to do.

George said: “I’m so chuffed to win this award. I love cooking and get a real kick from getting compliments for my food. I hope to enrol on a Level 3 course and then work in a restaurant that produces really good quality food – this is definitely the career for me.”

Tony Kelly, Curriculum Leader for Hospitality & Catering at the College, remarked: “George has real flair for cooking and his presentation of food is fantastic. He’s a great team leader in the kitchen and really gets the best out of the other students. He’s amazing.”

At the short prize giving ceremony Fred Harrison, Assistant Principal at the College, said: “These awards are not just about recognising academic excellence but also about celebrating student endeavour and commitment, whether that’s a student helping or inspiring others or simply working as hard as they can. All these students are shining examples of that.”