Every month we bring you an insight into the hottest catering and hospitality talent of the future in our Rising Stars section. This month Lewisham College student Rory Baynes talks about his inspirations and aspirations as he prepares for a career in the industry.
Name: Rory Baynes
Course title and college: NVQ level 3 Professional Cookery, Lewisham College
When will you be graduating?: July 2009.
When did you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in hospitality?: As far back as I can remember I’ve always had a sweet tooth. This led me into the kitchen, baking little cakes and basic desserts. Over time this interest grew into a love of all food; the kitchen became the place where I could really explore my creativity and discover new flavours and colours. Although I had always enjoyed cooking I had never considered it as a career until about three years ago. Having completed my A-levels in totally unrelated subjects I couldn’t see where my future was heading. It didn’t take me long to decide that going into catering would be perfect for me. Within weeks I was enrolled in college and well on my way.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?: Reaching the national heats in the prestigious Nestle Toque d’Or competition with a team from my college. We had to design a restaurant concept and a three course menu that reflected this concept. It was amazing to see all of our ideas and hard work really come to life as we cooked for 30 paying customers and a panel of seasoned judges. Should we be one of the five teams chosen to get through to the final we will have a real opportunity to show our culinary and business skills to 100 guests.
Where would you most like to work when you graduate?: I plan to go to Leeds Met University in September to study hospitality business management. After I finish my degree, I would love to work for Fairmont Hotels. The company really appeals to me because it has hotels in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I also think working for such a well established brand is a good place to start.
Who do you most admire in the hospitality industry and why?: I would probably have to say Tom Aikens. Being awarded two Michelin stars at such an early age really is quite an achievement. I also like his style of British cooking.
What are you looking forward to most when you graduate and start work?: Being able to see the world while working in a trade that I love is probably the most exciting prospect for me. Also climbing the ladder and eventually making a name for myself is a stimulating thought.
What do you think will be the biggest challenges you will face in your career in the hospitality industry?: Starting up my own business will probably be one of the biggest challenges I will face in my career. It requires a lot of hard work and determination but I believe that once I have honed my skills enough it will be possible for me to achieve my dream.
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