Daniel Wright, a former catering and hospitality student at the College, who now works at The Hinds Head, a Michelin starred hotel owned by Heston Blumenthal, recently returned to the College to demonstrate his cocktail making skills.

Daniel Wright left Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form in June last year and since then he has gone from strength to strength. He completed his Level 3 qualification in Hospitality Supervisory, during which time he worked in the College’s fantastic restaurant and bistro, Farringtons. Farringtons is open to the general public during term-time and enables Catering and Hospitality students to develop their customer service and general restaurant skills in a real-life kitchen environment. This places the students in a strong position to find employment in established restaurants once they have finished their studies, as Daniel found to his advantage.

Since leaving the College, Daniel has been working for top celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal at The Hinds Head, a 15th century Michelin-starred restaurant in Berkshire. He recently contacted Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form to arrange to return and demonstrate the skills he has learned, including the art of cocktail making!

Tracy O’Connor, Additional Learning Support lecturer, was delighted to see and hear what he had achieved since last June. She had worked with Daniel during his time at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form. She said, “I have nothing but admiration for Daniel. Through consistent personal determination he has reached his academic and employment goals. I’m sure he is already setting himself new goals to aim for, and I wish him all the success for the future.”

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is proud of the achievements of all its Alumni. Former students such as Daniel provide inspiration for current students, opening their minds to new horizons and encouraging them to become the best that they can be.