Cameron, who lives in Mansfield, completed the NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Patisserie and Confectionery) at New College Nottingham (ncn) last year and has been working at the Pudding Pantry in Nottingham since he became qualified.
“I loved the course at ncn. I learnt loads of new skills and the lecturers have so much industry experience which really helps. I trained as a chef, but desserts and cakes have always been what interests me most”, explains Cameron.
“Eric Lanyard has always been an inspirational chef to me, and I got the chance to meet him for the first time back in 2011 when my mum bought me a course for Christmas. I enjoyed it so much that I booked a further two courses, and for the past five years I’ve been in contact with Eric and his team”, added Cameron.
When the pastry chef position at Cake Boy café came up, Eric contacted Cameron personally to offer him the job. Cameron said: “I was a little taken aback when Eric contacted me, it was such an incredible feeling to have somebody like him see the potential in me. It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait to get started.”
Cameron moves to Wandsworth, next week to be close to the cake boutique, which is situated on the river Thames in South West London. He said: “It’s daunting moving to a new city by myself, but I’m really excited and so grateful for the opportunity. Cake Boy café is a really busy venue which provides take-out orders, afternoon tea and cakes to order. Many of the speciality cakes are really intricate but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I would definitely recommend the course at ncn because I can honestly say that the experience I gained at college has helped me to where I am today.”