College students have got talent!

MK College of the Year awards 2012 Daniel Treadwell winner of Citizen sponsored award
MK College of the Year awards 2012 Daniel Treadwell winner of Citizen sponsored award
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NEVER mind Britain’s Got Talent Milton Keynes College displayed talent in abundance at its Students of the Year Awards night.

The prestigious event was held at the college’s Bletchley Campus on Thursday with students, staff and guests gathering to honour the college’s most exceptional learners.

Dr Julie Mills, college principal and chief executive, thanked sponsors and congratulated award winners.

She said: “Our college is meeting its challenges by investing in teaching and learning, by embracing a culture of enterprise and creativity, by providing progression to work or to higher education and by giving students opportunities to show off their amazing skills.

“Tonight’s award winners have emerged as being the outstanding students in their area.”

The award for Student of the Year 2012 was won by chef Daniel Treadwell, who also won the MK Citizen sponsored award.

Daniel first became interested in cooking while working as a pot washer at his local pub. Soon after enrolling at college Daniel’s passion for food and culinary talent was quickly recognised and rewarded when he obtained his qualifications and competed successfully both in team and individual competitions.

Daniel’s career began at The Birch in Woburn Sands but he has now taken up the position of commis chef at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir au Quat Saisons, a two star Michelin restaurant in Oxfordshire.

The restaurant’s executive chef Gary Jones was impressed with Daniel’s knowledge, excellent practical skills and passion for food. Daniel said: “To get one award was amazing but to win the award for overall student of the year is unbelievable.”

To round off the evening guests were treated to a three-course buffet style meal prepared by the college’s catering students and entertained by performing arts students.

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