Chef Jodie proves she is a hot talent

Published on: 02 Jun 2014

jodie brittonA BUDDING chef from Staple Hill is the toast of her colleagues at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel after winning a national hospitality industry award.

Jodie Britton, 19, was judged to be one of the best and brightest young people in the industry, receiving her accolade at the Hotelympia Hot Talent Award ceremony in London.

Commis chef Jodie was one of five finalists from around the UK to be recognised for their work behind the scenes.  A further five were shortlisted for their front-of-house skills, with all ten chosen for the way they went above and beyond the expectations of their job.

The former Mangotsfield School student has been at the Marriott Royal for about 18 months and last year just missed out on a Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Award.

She became interested in cooking at the age of seven, when she used to help her postman dad, Chris, prepare meals at the family home.

She said: “It was a big shock to win. We had to be nominated for the award scheme and I think I was the youngest of the finalists.

“We each had to write about what we had achieved so far and what we hoped to achieve in the future. We also had to record ourselves on video, which was played at the ceremony.”

Jodie received her award from top chef Ben Spalding and can now look forward to a two-week work placement at his bespoke event catering company, Creative Belly. She will also go on a two-day study tour to the Luxembourg home of tableware company Villeroy and Boch.

Martyn Watkins, executive chef at the Marriott Royal, said: “We are all very proud of Jodie. It just goes to show what hard work and dedication can achieve.”

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