Alongside proving his skills in the kitchen, Morgan also had to demonstrate his ability to think on his feet as part of the competition saw the young chefs given a ‘magic box’ of ingredients, to put together a starter.
Morgan, 18, said, “I wasn’t too nervous about the competition, I had planned my dishes and was confident I would produce something good on the day.
“The secret box of ingredients was the trickiest part as you really have no idea what you are going to get – we got a big piece of plaice and a few vegetables and then I had to come up with something special really quickly – the judges seemed pleased with what I created.”
Morgan believes that finding his passion and the support of his college lecturers has helped him flourish in his cookery course – he’d been excluded from two schools before he joined the College.
Adding, “I never thought I would be excited about education but I am. My lecturer Ross treats me like an adult which doesn’t happen in school and he really pushes me to be the best that I can be.”
Alongside Morgan, Sean Collard will also be competing in the barista finals which are held at the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC in November and a number of the College’s pop music and games design students will also be hoping to claim a victory for South Thames.
Ross Anderson, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Catering, added, “Competitions such as WorldSkills are so valuable for students as it teaches them important skills such as working under pressure, time management and thinking on their feet – but it also really helps to boost self-esteem, which is fantastic.”