Apprentice Tom serves up second place in competition

Victoria Hotel level 2 apprentice chef Tom Spiller with head chef Stuart White. Ref shs 12-16SH 869

Victoria Hotel level 2 apprentice chef Tom Spiller with head chef Stuart White. Ref shs 12-16SH 8696. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth apprentice has impressed industry experts and landed second place in a competition for trainees.

Tom Spiller, of the Victoria Hotel, is only 10 months into his level two qualification as a chef and apprentice as part of the Brend Academy.

He wowed judges with his lamb dish, which he cooked up in 45 minutes.

The 21-year-old competed against eight other apprentices last Tuesday as part of their training.

Stuart White, head chef at the Victoria Hotel, said: “He did a really good job. I’m really proud of him.


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“I would be quite happy for Tom to run that dish at a more national competition.

“He’s really going to be an asset to the hotel.”

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Casting their eyes over proceedings were the group’s directors, Peter Brend Junior and Matthew Brend. They were joined by Peter Brend Senior and Andre Mosedale, principal of the Brend Academy.

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