Prize-winning student rewarded for hard work and enthusiasm after completing work-based course.
Karlianne Ritchie won Perth College UHI Apprentice of the Year Award 2017 after completing her MA Level 3 Professional Cookery. She explained:
“I am 33 and currently working at Jamesfield Farmshop and Restaurant in Abernethy. I was initially employed as a kitchen assistant but showed a keen interest in everything that went on in the kitchen. I previously had my own bakers, where I bought in and sold goods such as cakes and pies. It was successful and a popular wee shop. However due to the financial climate at the time, I just couldn't afford to keep it open and raise a family at the same time. I was unemployed for a short period of a month until I started at Jamesfield Farmshop and Restaurant.
One of the chefs I was working with was doing an in-work Perth College UHI programme. After talking with the tutor Emma Tranthum, and with much persuasion from her, I decided to sign up. I'm now the Head Baker at work and love getting good feedback about my cakes and recipes. We now have a regular client base and people travel from quite far just to sample my treats. I feel this is an achievement I never thought was possible at my age.”