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Megan lands job at the Ritz

Tuesday 26th September 2017

An NWHC graduate has landed a full-time job at world-renowned five-star London hotel, The Ritz.

Megan Coape-Arnold, aged 19 and Nuneaton, studied at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College for three years, completing the Level 1 in Food and Beverage and the Levels 2 and 3 in Professional Cookery, finishing in the summer of this year.

Megan is now working at The Ritz in London as a Commis-Chef. She said: “I applied after finishing College but honestly never thought I’d hear anything back. Two weeks later they asked me to go down for a trial day and an interview with John Williams, the Executive Chef. After the trial and interview I was offered the job on the day!”

“It’s been a really good first few weeks. After the induction, I will spend a few months in a different section, I’ve started on fish. It’s definitely what I thought it would be, it’s very strict but I’m really enjoying it.

“I think the competitions that I did whilst at College definitely helped me. My lecturer Jason Thacker talked me into doing them, they really help you with your confidence and you learn what it’s like to have a judge try your food. I would have been twice as scared if I hadn’t have done them.”

During her time at the College, Megan competed in various competitions, including the British Culinary Federation Cook and Serve Student Challenge, where the team scooped second place, and the Welsh International Championships, where Megan and her fellow team mates won Best in Class.

Megan added: "Also working at Anthony's bistro for 4 years as well as being at college really helped with knowing what it was like to be in a proper kitchen under pressure, I really think that helped me learn what it was like in a restaurant."

“This is definitely a great first step from leaving College. I’m hoping to stay here and progress up the ladder to demi-chef and sous-chef.”

Jason Thacker, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer at the College said: “Megan has always been calm under pressure, so we’ve always known she would be able to handle a professional kitchen environment. Congratulations to Megan, we’re extremely proud of her and look forward to following her career in the years to come.”

Click here to find out more about Hospitality and Catering courses at the College, call 024 7624 3000 or email

Pictured: Megan, centre, with fellow College students at the British Culinary Federation competition. 

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