There were seven participating colleges from Dorset and Hampshire and the winner of the 2013 Southern Branch Student Achievement Award went to Chloe Watkins from Bournemouth & Poole College. Joint runners-up were Jayne Wilkinson from City College Southampton and Ashley Read from Brockenhurst College.
The other finalists were Oliver Holgado (South Downs College), Haydn Mortimore (Basingstoke College of Technology), Danielle Moors (Kingston Maurward College) and Luke Radice (Highbury College).
Each finalist was nominated by their college and had to submit a detailed application which included their greatest achievement, what aspects of the industry most appealed to them and what the award would do for their careers.
Each of the seven finalists received a framed certificate and a glass trophy. In addition, the winner and runners up received a year’s membership to the Institute and a master class at Lainstone house Hotel and Chewton Glen Hotel. The awards were presented by Peter Ducker who said: “Such an event is fantastic for the industry and it is great to reward such efforts from our hospitality students.”