A Wellingborough woman who was crowned young chef of the year at the recent Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards has expressed her delight at receiving the prestigious accolade.
Tamsin Hamilton-Testrote, who worked at Kettering Park Hotel, won the award after wowing judges with her calf liver main course and gin panna cotta dessert.
I was utterly shocked when I won but it was just amazing to accept it in front of my mother.Tamsin Hamilton-Testrote
And she says the recognition has come from years of hard work.
Tamsin, a former Sir Christoper Hatton Academy pupil, said: “It felt completely out of this world and I was utterly shocked when I won but it was just amazing to accept it in front of my mother and all of my college tutors.
“I definitely couldn’t ask for more than that.
“I was working at the hotel for five months and had the privilege of working as commis and pastry chef while being there.
“My ultimate aim is to learn as much possible and have an impact within the industry, and maybe one day become an executive chef or a local business owner.
“I’ve been known to juggle two part-time jobs simultaneously while being in full-time education but it was rewarding and well worth it.
“My next step was to move university at Sheffield Hallam where I’m now studying hospitality business management with culinary arts.
“I feel it was best move for me to get a leg into my chosen career path and hopefully it will bring me success.”
Further good news for Kettering Park Hotel has seen it pick up a number of employment awards.
It recently won Caterer’s best independent hotel employer and came 15th out of 60 for the best employer in hospitality award.
The hotel was also given the Northants Telegraph’s service with a smile award at our Pride in Northamptonshire Awards earlier this month.