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Culinary Management student wins Fleming’s first national medal in cooking


Skills Canada silver medal winner Liam Collin

Peterborough ON – (June 30, 2021) Culinary Management student Liam Collin has won a silver medal at the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition. It is Fleming College’s first national medal in the cooking category. This achievement against top students from across the country adds to a previous national gold medal in restaurant service for Fleming and a long list of medal winners in the provincial competition over the years.

Collin prepared a three-course meal and completed a pressure test and costing exercise for the judges late last month with the closing ceremonies held on June 15. “As someone with limited restaurant experience, this medal is a huge win for me as it proves that I can succeed in the food service industry after graduation,” Collin said.

He added that the training he has received at Fleming gave him the confidence and belief needed to perform at this level. “I’ve learned so many important techniques over the past two years at Fleming that not only included food preparation but also safety and sanitation. Both of which were instrumental for my success in this competition. The faculty were also spectacular in helping me realize my potential and always pushed me to be my best, and I could not have done it without their support.”

Collin also won the gold medal at the Skills Ontario Competition last month and his program coordinator at Fleming is proud of the recognition at the provincial and national stage.

“Fleming students performing and flourishing at any level is a moment of pride and joy for the College but shining at the national stage amongst top talent from across the country is really special,” said Linda Poirier, Vice President, Academic Experience.  

“Liam is truly deserving of this accolade and demonstrates the qualities we hope to instil in all of our graduates. The medal is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and technicians to provide the best possible support and training to our students throughout their time with Fleming,” Poirier added.

Collin has now completed the Culinary Management program and was presented with his diploma during summer Convocation. He hopes his performance at the provincial and national competitions this year brings him opportunities to begin an exciting career in the food and restaurant industry.