Chef Stephanie Moon presents former student Kurtus with City & Guilds Medal

On Thursday 29th June, Selby College held a presentation ceremony in celebration of former Hospitality & Catering student Kurtus Auty’s achievements since completing his Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in 2016.

The former Brayton High School student collected a string of awards during his time at college, including finalist in Young Seafood Chef of the Year and the titles of Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef at the Golden Apron and York Food & Drink Junior Chef. Kurtus also got to work alongside Pipe and Glass’ Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie creating an award-winning range of ‘roasts with a twist’ for ASDA stores. The nineteen-year-old is now based in London at Gordon Ramsay’s Mayfair restaurant Maze as Demi Chef de Partie.

Key staff including former tutors Liz Brighton and Adrian Dawes, family members, past students and Alison Johnson and Lynne Dodgson from Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School were among the guests in attendance, with Kurtus officially receiving his City & Guilds Medal for Excellence from renowned chef Stephanie Moon, who has appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu and Channel 5’s Street Market Chefs.

Stephanie, who now runs her own Chef Consultancy business All Things Food and works part-time with Leeds City College as a Chef Tutor, was delighted to accept the invitation to present Kurtus with his medal, having encountered the young chef when she was on the judging panel for the Junior Chef competition at York Food & Drink Festival in 2015!

The Hospitality & Catering department hosted a drinks reception in the Training Restaurant to toast the special occasion, including a mocktail bar and canapés prepared by current students.

Principal Allan Stewart OBE, welcomed guests, saying: “Kurtus is a tremendous credit to the College and can be justly proud of this outstanding achievement”. Lecturer in Hospitality & Catering Liz Brighton then presented an overview of Kurtus’s time at college and highlights of his career so far, in particular his most recent successes, the Worshipful Cooks Company Livery Award and the City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.

Kurtus attended the City & Guilds Lion Awards held at The Roof Gardens in London on Thursday 15th June accompanied by Lecturer Adrian and the Principal. They were both delighted to find out that Kurtus had come 4th in the People’s Choice Award for his accomplishments while studying for his Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

Kurtus was named a runner-up in the category for Outstanding Achiever of the Year which was a fantastic honour given that the awards are open to students from all over the world. 

Kurtus was also awarded the Worshipful Cooks Company Livery Award at a luncheon at the Innholders Hall in London on Wednesday 1st March 2017. The annual event is held in honour of the civilian and military cooks who have triumphed in the various culinary competitions the Company have supported over the past year. Distinguished guests included the Lord Mayor of London, the Rt Hon Andrew Parmley, Liverymen Chef Brian Turner CBE, and Gary Maclean, 2016 winner of Masterchefs: The Professionals 2016.

Thank you to everyone involved in the presentation and for making the afternoon such a success, as well as those who supported Kurtus with their votes throughout the college’s campaign for the People’s Choice Award.

Published: Wednesday 19 Jul 2017