Pilu Pazos nominated for Craft Guild of Chefs 2015 People’s Choice Award
This year Pilu Pazos was nominated to win The Craft Guild of Chefs People’s Choice Award. People are asked to vote and results will be announced at the Awards dinner on June 15th at The Hilton, Park Lane.
The award was introduced by the Craft Guild to celebrate the unsung heroes in the chef world and recognise a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole and has had a big impact on their colleagues. The award for this category will be amongst 16 highly coveted awards handed out on the night covering all aspects of the UK chef industry from Public Sector to Ethinic and the Armed Forces’ Chef of the Year.
Pilu has been part of Lakefield for over 30 years and has been part of a team whose responsibility was to encourage and help young British students learn more about the Hospitality Industry and light a fire of passion to study and work in the Hospitality. Activities she has been involved in include: WOW cake competition Pilu is an organiser for the WOW cake competition, a competition which has been running for over 15 years.
She has been a great mentor encouraging girls to aim higher and produce creative pieces, she is always available for advice and will spend hours helping them practice for the big day. Young Chef Academy..
This began as a pilot last year aimed at young women aged 13 to 18 years old who have a passion to cook and not sure if this was the career choice for them. It runs once a term over a period of 10 weeks, where the budding chefs are taught how to cook 3 course meals with a professional chef. On the last week the girls cook a meal for their parents. This has been a success not only in terms of interested future students but for the ones who decide to pursue a career in other fields, the comments from the girls and their parents has been very positive in that they appreciate the art of home cooking more and are more interested in healthy eating please see attached letters from two past attendees, Nataly Rincon and Monika Awoyemi. Summer Work Programme This activity was started to give young girls from out of London an opportunity to come and work with us (and Pilu in the kitchen) over the summer in London letting them experience living in a big city and start to have an idea of what it is like to have a career in Hospitality. Pilu worked tirelessly over the summer teaching them and showing them a peek into what it is like to study and work in the kitchen and many of the summer girls have applied to come and study with us next year. Taster Weeks Were supported and run by Pilu, very similar to the programme above but only over a course of a week during half terms. Pilu helped organise activities and visits to establishments industry to show young girls what the industry is all about.
The awards ceremony will be one of many highlights during the Craft Guild’s 50th anniversary celebrations.