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The head of Bath College’s Hospitality and Catering Department has been named as an ambassador for food in the city.

 

Judges at the Bath Good Food Awards chose Bridget Halford as Best Ambassador for Bath Food, in recognition of her work with students at the college.

 

They handed Bridget a trophy at an annual awards ceremony, along with three of her students: George Ormond, Sam Battrick and Calleb Drake.

 

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The three teenagers won prizes for the Best Cookery Student, Best Front of House Student, and Best Apprenticeship Student.

 

Students at Bath College prepared and served a three-course menu at the awards ceremony, held at the Bath Pavilion.

 

During the evening, they worked under the supervision of David Campbell, from The Royal Crescent Hotel, and Chris Staines, from the Allium Restaurant.

 

Top chefs and industry professionals at the ceremony enjoyed a hay-smoked salmon starter, slow braised beef, and a pudding made from rosemary cream, cider granita, honeycomb and rosemary pepper.

 

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Bridget started her career at Henley College in Coventry and went on to work in all areas of the catering industry in Leicester, Bristol and London.

 

She has a passion for educating young people and will be launching a new two-year BA in Hospitality Enterprise with Bath Spa University in September.

 

Bridget said: “I’m incredibly proud of the students and what they have achieved.

 

“They had a really good night and they really enjoyed the experience. It’s great to showcase how good our students are.

 

“It was a surprise to receive an award. I was very honoured, especially as I was up against the Great Bath Feast and Bath Farmers’ Market.

 

“I enjoy seeing the students doing well. I like it when you get that student coming in at Level 1 in the first year.

 

“You watch them progress on the course and leave as a professional able to work in some of the best establishments, both nationally and locally.”

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