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  • Tong Garden Centre Catering Supervisor reaches the final of Rising Stars

    A supervisor from Tong Garden Centre, awarded a place on a new training programme for garden centre caterers, has reached the final stage.
    Following the success of the GCA’s Rising Stars initiative, a new programme, aimed at garden centre catering staff, launched. Catering staff from garden centres all over the UK applied.
    Susie Jarrett from Tong Garden Centre won one of the ten coveted places on the programme. It comprised masterclasses to help staff to improve their knowledge and experience. It also gave them exposure and insight in the wider market place.
    Having completed masterclasses, Susie learnt that she is one of five finalists who will present at the GCA annual conference.
    Susie said: “I have learnt so much from the Catering Rising Stars programme. I’m so grateful for all the support I have had along the way.
    “I’m delighted to have reached the final. Although it will be nerve-wracking to present to so many people, I am looking forward to sharing Tong’s catering successes.”
    Susie’s line manager, Catharine Westmoreland, is very proud. She says: “Susie is a valued member of our team and her commitment and passion are unquestionable.
    “She has worked hard to make the most of this amazing opportunity and has done us all proud to reach the final.”
    Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “The Rising Stars had to complete exercises on what they have learnt within their own garden centres. They assessed the performance of their centre’s catering unit, tried out new ideas and checked the results.”
    The award for ‘GCA Catering Rising Star 2018′ will be voted on by conference delegates. It will be announced during the conference gala dinner on 22nd January.

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