An aspiring baker from Bute has received acclaim for her skills at an exhibition of work by college students.
Seventeen-year-old Leeanne Chisholm, from Port Bannatyne pursued her ambition of becoming a baker by leaving secondary school after fifth year to enrol on the National Qualification in Practical Cookery course at City of Glasgow College, where she learned skills in cookery, bakery, and cake decorating.
The quality she showed in bread-making caught the eye of judges at an end-of-term exhibition, where she was part of a team awarded certificates and a cash prize of £100.
Leeanne, who in the past year has made the three-hour round trip from Bute to the college three times a week, said: “I have always wanted to be a baker. I really enjoy bakery and decided that’s what I want to do. Brian Leighton and Selina McCrae at City of Glasgow College have both been really good teachers and I’ve learned a lot.
“I have made a lot of birthday cakes and would like to do wedding cakes. Maybe I will start making bread now, too.
“We did bread-making in class and the teacher said we should enter the competition. I got a phone call from the college after finishing my course saying that the three girls in our group won.
“We were invited to a college function, where I collected my certificate and my cheque for £100, which I split with classmates.”
Leeanne has now been accepted onto the two-year National Certificate Bakery and Sharecraft at City of Glasgow College.
Her recent recognition came at the Craftex exhibition at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, which covers end-of-term curriculum work prepared by students across a wide variety of subjects.
“Craftex 2013 is not only showcasing but also rewarding the high calibre of skills being honed by our Glasgow colleges,” said Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow, Col John Kelly.
“They make such a fundamental contribution to the wide variety of talent that exists today, with standards advancing year on year.
“As we see business and careers representatives amongst the hundreds of visitors attracted to the exhibition each year, Craftex has also proved to be a unique and valuable platform for students seeking employment or launching their own business.”