Pensioner Proves Cooking Prowess

Mature Student Deanna Hibbert proudly holding her framed level three Professional Cooking certificates Mature Student Deanna Hibbert proudly holding her framed level three Professional Cooking certificates

At the age of 77, Deanna has become the oldest person to graduate from the level 3 Professional Cookery course at Derby College, passing with flying colours!

Deanna enrolled on the City and Guilds study programme at The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college to build on her existing catering knowledge.

She's no stranger to our cookery courses; having studied back in 2004. She enjoyed it so much, she decided to sign up again for the next level. 

Unlike her follow students, who have their sights set on careers as chefs, as a mature student, she has been putting her new-found skills to use in the kitchen at home - much to the enjoyment of her family. 

Mrs Hibbert delighted in telling us about the course: "I loved the practical part of the course, particularly working with the team to cook for customers in the College's Engine Shed Restaurant."  

"The theory and research side was harder and I had to grapple with updating my computer skills with was certainly a challenge."

"I passed the programme due to my hard work and the confidence the chef tutors had in me."

"I now have a lot more confidence in the kitchen and enjoy trying new dishes and techniques."

"I am living proof that you are never to old to return to education and that perserverance does pay off."

Derby College Team Manager Sue Sharratt said: "We are all very proud of Deanna's achievements and are delighted that she certificates now take pride of place in her home. 

"I hope her success will inspire other people to update their skills - whether that is for work or leisure. We have a number of part time classes for adults, and six week short courses starting throughour the year."


Are you interested in a career change? Perhaps you would like to impress your family and friends next time you cook a meal?  

Click the link to take a look at the Part Time Hospitality and Carering Courses delivered at The Roundhouse, Pride Park.

Last modified on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 20:07


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