Award-winning Adam is cooking up a mouthwatering career

Published: November 21, 2017

Award-winning student Adam Ashley has landed a job at a top restaurant after graduating with flying colours from Telford College.

Adam, from Whitchurch, completed a professional cookery level three course at the King Street campus, and is now working at the Alchemist restaurant in Chester.

He picked up an award at the college’s end-of-term presentation evening, held at AFC Telford United’s stadium, for his contribution to the course.

Maxine Cumming, head of area for social sciences, health and business, described him as the ‘perfect ambassador’ for the college’s cookery course programme.

Photo of Adam Ashley with Maxine Cumming (left), and Telford & Wrekin councillor Shirley Reynolds

Adam Ashley with Maxine Cumming (left), and Telford & Wrekin councillor Shirley Reynolds

“Adam joined the college in September 2014 after completing one year of sixth form at his school,” she said.

“He made the decision to change his career plans and enter the world of hospitality, spending the next three years completing his VRQ levels one, two and three in professional cookery.

“He always showed enthusiasm for the subjects he studied, offering to volunteer to help out at numerous college events. He is a very conscientious and professional young man, who strives for creativity and perfection.”

During his time at Telford College, Adam completed six weeks of work experience in a four-star, two rosette Devonshire hotel, and also worked last Christmas at a hotel in Switzerland.

He also represented the college for two years in a row in the national finals of the UK Seafood Young Chef of the Year competition, after twice winning the regional heats.

Maxine said: “Adam always demonstrated commitment, supporting his peers when needed, and was always willing to go the extra mile. His dedication, passion and selflessness has been inspirational.”

Telford College will be showcasing its latest range of cookery and hospitality courses when it opens the doors of its Haybridge Road campus on November 21, from 5pm to 7.30pm. For more details, see