Chartwells apprentice star receives special award

Chartwells, the leading specialist provider of catering to the education sector, is celebrating the achievements of apprentice star, Kat Davie, who supports the day-to-day culinary preparation in the school kitchen,

Davie has just received a Special Award from The Royal Society of Public Health for achieving the highest scores in food safety from the judges during the competition. The award presentation will commence on 11 September in London.

The news comes after Davie after recently competed in the Grand Finals of industry-hot competition Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or, which has been running for over 30 years offering students and apprentices ‘unique and exciting real-world experiences.

Competition Judge, Adam Bateman, Group Operations and Development Chef, said, “I found Kat a massive inspiration and genuine in her unassuming approach – she gave it her all, no matter what! During the National Heats, she cooked simple food but worked hard to maximise her flavours.

'Her dish of Beetroot and Feta Balls with Courgette Spaghetti was one of the stand out dishes, which got her through to the Grand Finals. Kat had a great attitude throughout the competition and was very humble, which can be hard to maintain in a very competitive environment.”

Davie commented, 'As if competing at Toque d’Or wasn’t enough, to now be receiving this award as well is completely overwhelming. The opportunities my apprenticeship has presented to me are never ending.

'My manager encouraged and championed me throughout this experience, and I can’t wait to continue learning and seeking out new opportunities to improve.”