College scoops top industry awards

City of Glasgow College has won two prestigious hospitality and catering awards.

The college was shortlisted in the 2020 CIS Excellence Awards with Robbie Phillips, Lecturer in Culinary Arts and Bakery, winning the Hospitality Educator Award.

Robbie, who was up against fellow colleague and chef lecturer, Darren Seggie, and the college’s curriculum head for hospitality and events, Jane Carr-Gomm, was delighted with his win, saying:

“It was an honour to shortlisted for the CIS Hospitality Educator Award alongside such amazing lecturers from our College. To win is unbelievable. In these especially challenging times, I hope it helps inspire our students to work hard to achieve their goals.”

BaxterStorey, the college’s in-house catering provider, secured the Healthier Scotland Award.

Alison Miller, Operations Manager for BaxterStorey at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We are delighted to have won the Healthier Scotland Award in partnership with the College. Healthy choices are especially important in an educational environment due to the links between good nutrition, concentration and focus. We always want to offer the best to our students at such an important stage of their lives and development.”

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“As the only college to reach the finals, winning these two awards underlines our commitment to excellence, and recognises the high standard of education we offer. This is an incredible achievement which reflects the ongoing hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of our food and hospitality teams, and my congratulations go to all concerned.”

The CIS Excellence Awards recognise the exceptionally high degrees of creativity, innovation and excellence in the Scottish hospitality, catering and tourism sectors.

The 2020 shortlist was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout May 2021 organisers and sponsors paid a series of surprise visits to present the awards to each winning individual and establishment.