College student through to catering competition finals

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 September 2013

Marco Pierre White with Max Bennett

Marco Pierre White with Max Bennett

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A WESTON College student who works alongside a top chef has won through to the finals of a prestigious catering competition.

Max Bennett, an apprentice at Weston College, is competing at the WorldSkills event.

The supervisory and leadership apprentice currently works at the Marco Pierre White restaurant, Doubletree at Hilton by Cadbury House in Congresbury.

The 18-year-old is one of 1,000 participants in the global competition, all hoping to show off their hospitality skills in 46 different categories.

Max travelled to Westminster College in London for the regional finals. He was asked to supervise in a restaurant and interact with the guests.

Max’s skills and overall manner earned him a place in the WorldSkills national final in Birmingham in November. If he wins, he will be off to Rio De Janeiro next year as part of the UK squad.

Max said: “It was a real challenge and quite nerve-wracking. I know I made a couple of mistakes but I think the way I chatted with the customers got me through.

“I’m really looking forward to the next round and I’d love to be in the team that goes to Brazil.”

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