Ance's story

Ance Kristone

My name is Ance and I am 21 years old. I am originally from Latvia but I've been living in Glasgow for three years now. I knew that cooking was my passion and I wanted to pursue it as a career.  There are no culinary schools back home so I moved to Glasgow to study Professional Cookery at City of Glasgow College. 

When I moved to Glasgow I started working at the Ubiquitous Chip during my studies and I'm just about to join the team at Cail Bruich as a pastry chef. 

I was given the opportunity to enter a variety of competitions and was delighted to win a gold medal in Confectionery at the UKs largest skills competition, WorldSkillsUK Live.  Before WorldSkillsUK I had never competed before so it felt like an amazing opportunity that I didn't want to miss; especially as it was my last year in college so I wanted to make the most of it. My main reason behind competing was to gain confidence in myself and also to learn new skills and techniques in patisserie – I believe I have achieved that.  I now feel ready for a new challenge and a new opportunity to put my skills into practice alongside the team at Cail Bruich.

During the competition, there were definitely some challenging times. I had to spend many hours in college practising and with work and my personal life as well it all got a bit stressful.  For me it was important not to give up and keep going as in the end it was all so worth it!  The support and guidance I received from college staff was amazing and they really challenged me and pushed me to be the best I could.

A lot of work and time was put into our practises and training but after winning a gold medal it felt like it all had paid off. I couldn't believe it until the very end, even when my name was called and I had to make my way on the stage to receive the medal, it still felt unbelievable!

I was also delighted to be part of the winning team at the Country Range Student Chef challenge with two other students.  The competition is run in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs and is open to colleges around the country with teams planning, preparing and presenting a three-course, four cover meal in 90 minutes.

My final year at City of Glasgow College has been capped off with a win in the USA when I was part of a team of five students who retained the college's Atlantic Cup Challenge title against students from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, Virginia. Very proud to have won this culinary prize for the college for the fourth consecutive year.

I would highly recommend a career in professional cookery - it's hard work but worth it!

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A lot of work and time was put into our practises and training but after winning a gold medal it felt like it had all paid off!

Ance Kristone