As a world leader in global skills development, City & Guilds wants to inspire people to believe in themselves and unlock their potential. For over 100 years, they have run the annual City & Guilds Medals for Excellence programme to recognise success amongst their learners and tutors.This year they awarded over 85 Medals for Excellence both in the UK and internationally.The Lion Awards event – City & Guilds' most prestigious awards ceremony – acknowledges the best of the best in a range of categories. Last week the Awards Ceremony was held at Kensington Roof Top Gardens. The event was Spanish and Italian themed with flamingos, exotic ducks and ducklings roaming the gardens.
This year the attendees to the event were worldwide including winners from India, Malaysia and New Zealand. City & Guilds stated that over 2 million learners are working towards one of their qualifications every year. It was quite a moment for the winners of the 78 medals.
Julia Smith was one of the lucky 78 and received a Gold Medal of Excellence for her CG Level 2 Sugarcraft. She completed the course last Summer at Manygates Adult Education Centre in Wakefield. Julia told Food Heaven "For this I would also like to convey a great many thanks to my wonderful tutor Jenny Golten for putting me forward and for making all this happen". [caption id="attachment_14291" align="aligncenter" width="600"] One of Julia's assessment pieces[/caption]
Guests at the event were lucky enough to meet Kirsty Young from the BBC, who described her inspiring career journey and the support she had received from one particular peer who had mentored her. Julia added "It was especially humbling to see the lengths that some of the participants had gone to complete their training; one winner in particular had spent 3 hours per day travelling, whilst holding down a job and surviving on 2 hours sleep per night. Truly inspirational characters and well worthy of their Lion Awards". Unfortunately the day did have to come to an end. Upon leaving each attendee was given a goody bag containing literature and a mini box of handmade chocolates.
The experience has given Julia the confidence to establish my her own business, Tiggi Cake Designs – Bespoke Cakes, based in Doncaster and she is further developing her skills and continues to share them with herfellow Sugar-crafters at her local branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild (BSG). [caption id="attachment_14286" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A stunning cake made by Julia[/caption] She hopes to continue sharing her cakes with others in the future and keep progressing in her work.