Peterborough ON – (May 16, 2022) – Fleming College Culinary Management student Mai Dong will tell you that mastering the culinary arts requires more than good knife skills and a decent recipe.
It requires focus, and the will to retry when you don’t succeed.
“Every time I fail or every time something is not right, my instructors say, ‘It’s OK, we’ll try it again,’” Dong said. “And that’s what we do.”
It is a lesson that has paid off for Dong.
Carpentry and Renovation student Bailey Wodzak and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician student Luc Trottier also nabbed gold medals during the virtual May 3, 2022 event.
The Skills Ontario Competition is the largest trades and technologies competition in Canada, bringing together Skilled Trades students from across the province. The challenge gives students a chance to demonstrate that they are the best of the best as they showcase their talents in front of judges, educators, and even prospective employers.
Three other Fleming students were also recognized for their outstanding performance at Skills Ontario.
Carpentry student, Maclaren Zbieranek and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician student, Jersey Phin were each awarded silver medals. Welding and Fabrication Technician student, Jack Banister won a bronze medal.
Dong and Wodzak now join Team Ontario and will compete at the Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver from May 25, 2022 – May 28, 2022.
Dong said she is excited-and a little nervous-for that next challenge.
She has been practicing her gold-medal menu all week, coming in each day to perfect each dish, even as she attends her regular weekly culinary classes.
It is hard work, she acknowledged, but her classmates and her instructors have encouraged her every step of the way.
“I’m lucky because I have this whole team supporting me, and telling me I can do this,” Dong said.
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.
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