A bakery student from Greenock has been accepted into a prestigious cooking school in Germany.
Ashley Gill, a Higher Nation Certificate patisserie student at the City of Glasgow College, has been selected by the Worshipful Company of Bakers to take part in the summer programme at the German National Bakers Academy in Weinheim.
He will train at the acclaimed academy, which specialises in European styles of baking and artisan bread, throughout July.
The 36-year-old has won several awards including Student of the Year and Best in Scotland at the Scottish Bakery Competition. He was nominated for the course by his college lecturer.
“I’m delighted to have been selected for this programme. The German National Bakers Academy is renowned and highly respected in the industry and I am sure I’ll learn a great deal while I am there.
“I’m especially keen to study the techniques they use that may be different from those in the UK. The City of Glasgow College has been very supportive in helping me get to this point and I’m really grateful to them.”
Principal and chief executive of the City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:
“Being accepted into the prestigious National Bakers Academy is an impressive achievement and endorses both the reputation for excellence our college has in catering and Ashley’s skill levels and commitment.
“It is encouraging to see our students take advantage of the opportunities presented to them through our college’s global industry partnerships and we wish Ashley all the best in this endeavour.”
Ashley ran a successful bakery shop in Southampton having followed his father, who had been a baker for over 40 years, into the industry.
Originally from Nottingham, he moved to Greenock with his wife, who is from the area, and made the decision to return to education to improve his skills.
The National Bakers Academy is a state-certified master school for bakers which maintains the official German Bread Register, with more than 3.000 types of bread from bakeries across Germany.
It provides different training courses for bakers from around the world, welcoming international bakers two to three times a year for the two-week Diploma in German Baking programme.
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