Talented chef Russell named Further Education Student of the Year

Warrington Collegiate student Russell Wood has described being named ‘Further Education Student of the Year’ as the icing on the cake after a year filled with awards and accolades.

It has been a whirlwind year for the talented young chef, who will now go on to work full-time alongside Michelin-star chef Aiden Byrne at his Manchester House restaurant.

As well as being named Further Education Student of the Year by the Warrington Guardian, Russell has also taken home the Worshipful Company of Cooks Cherry Grainger Prize and a City & Guilds Medal of Excellence Award. He was also named as the college’s Overall Outstanding Student of the Year at our Further Education Awards Ceremony last month.

Russell, a former St Gregory’s RC High School pupil, said: “This year has been absolutely incredible. I only found out the day before the awards ceremony that I was going – I was away on work placement in Crete so it was a really nice surprise. I never expected I would win.”

Russell, who has been described by his tutors Scott Surtees and Andy MacLeod as going above and beyond in all that he does, added: “My mum worked out that I’ve won about six or seven awards now since I’ve been doing the level 3 qualification.

“It’s a huge testament to the college and to Scott and Andy. I can say 100% that I would never be where I am, working for a Michelin-star chef and with so many awards if it wasn’t for Scott and Andy. They are so passionate about their students.

“Anyone who is interested in a career in catering should definitely come to Warrington Collegiate. Speak to Scott, speak to Andy, and you’ll be set for life!”