Serving up success, Steph Tanner named Hospitality Educator of the Year

An Edinburgh College curriculum leader has won a national award after broadening the horizons and boosting the confidence of the College’s Professional Cookery and Hospitality students.

Professional Cookery curriculum leader Steph Tanner was named Hospitality Educator of the Year at the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards held in Glasgow last night.

Steph’s nomination came as a result of maximising student opportunities outside of the College as well as in the training restaurants.

Steph has played a key role in the development of a new partnership with the Lycée hôtelier de Dinard in France which sees both sets of students take part in exchange programmes to learn about life in the Scottish, French and wider European hospitality sector which will benefit them in their careers. Edinburgh College students visited Brittany in November 2018, with the French cohort making the return trip this April.

In addition, Steph has encouraged her students to take part in a number of skills competitions in order for them to test their learning against their peers from across Scotland and to build their confidence. Recently Edinburgh College’s students won 18 medals Scotland’s largest food, drink, hospitality and tourism showcase, ScotHot.

Steph said: “I’m really proud and pleased to have won this award. It was a brilliant feeling even to have been nominated by my peers and then shortlisted, but to have won is fantastic.

“The recognition is brilliant as it shows that the work our team does at the College is making an impact on the lives of our students – that’s why we do what we do, seeing the development of the students’ skills and confidence is the best thing about being a lecturer.  

“I can’t thank everyone in our team enough for their support, we’re now looking forward to term 2019/20.”

Edinburgh College head of Tourism, Hospitality and Business Sarah-Jane Linton said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Steph has won this award, she fully deserves recognition for the wonderful work she does for our students.

“I’m very lucky to have colleagues like Steph who work tirelessly every day to give our students the best possible College experience, the recent work with creating the French exchange has brought about a life-changing experience for our students.”

Steph’s award success makes it a double whammy for the College’s Professional Cookery and Hospitality team, following Hospitality curriculum leader Mandy Purdie’s recent win at the Business Women Scotland’s Women in Hospitality Awards where she was named Lecturer of the Year.