Continuing our case studies for the Young People Are Great campaign, today we hear from Louis Pottinger who is a Chef and co-owner of the Pierowall Hotel in Westray. After some time working on a farm, Louis and his family bought the Pierowall Hotel and he undertook a hospitality course at Orkney College UHI to help him develop the skills he needed to work as a chef.
Tell us about your current job role and qualification.
My current role, I am working in the kitchen producing meals for the Pierowall Hotel. I am also heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel. The course has helped me develop my skills as a chef.
What were you doing before you undertook your current job, and why did you decide to move on to what you are currently doing?
I was working on a farm before me and my family decided to buy the Pierowall Hotel. After which I explored Orkney College for a course to develop myself.
Have you faced any challenges in your current role, if so what were they and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I faced was the balance of coming to college and helping to run a hotel, however, the tutors were very flexible with my learning.
What skills have you learnt whilst achieving your qualification or working in your job?
I have developed a vast array of skills, which have helped me to become a confident chef and build strong communication skills working with others.
Would you recommend this course or job role to another young person and if so why?
The course helps to develop your overall skills in hospitality and become a successful chef.