Cornwall College student Adrian Gough, 21, has landed his dream job working for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey at top restaurant Murano, in London.
After leaving school, Adrian quickly progressed from working as a kitchen porter for Rick Stein’s Seafood School to assisting students as they learned the art of cooking fish. Adrian, who is dyslexic, was then able to work through Cornwall College Business (CCB) to follow work-based learning, to achieve his qualifications.
Currently working at restaurant Custard in Padstow, while travelling 80 miles one day a week to complete his apprenticeship, he was recently encouraged by a friend to email his increasingly impressive CV to Gordon Ramsey.
“I didn’t really think anything would come of it, Gordon must have hundreds of people emailing him every day. We pressed ‘send’ then I forgot about it,” said Adiran.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to go for an interview, at first I thought it was a joke but then I realised it was real. I was over the moon.”
Nick Batten, course manager, said; “This is a great achievement, he’s overcome the odds to progress. His character, attitude and sheer determination have driven him to succeed. He’s not found the course easy, there is quite a bit of theory but he hasn’t let his dyslexia hold him back, we’ve put in support mechanisms to help, but at this level there has to be a degree of autonomy; we are very proud of him.”
Dave Linnell OBE, principal of Cornwall College said, “Congratulations to Adrian and his lecturers, this is fabulous news. Lots of our talented trainee chefs go on to exciting careers and Adrian is no exception, he has shown an outstanding level of commitment and it’s really paid off, I wish him all the very best for his future.”
Adrian starts at Gordon Ramsey’s Murano, Queen Street London, at the end of this month.