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Home > News > July 2005 > 27-Jul-2005

Gary Rhodes receives City & Guilds' Fellowship

Chef Gary Rhodes, a former City & Guilds student at Thanet Technical College, donned his graduation gown and collected a City & Guilds' Fellowship at a special presentation luncheon on Friday, July 15th.

Rhodes is the first chef to be bestowed with the highest accolade from vocational awarding body City & Guilds. He joins a long list of famous Fellows including Anita Roddick, Lord Puttnam, Alan Titchmarsh, Libby Purves, and the Rt Hon Sir John Major.

Fellows of City & Guilds are permitted to use the letter FCGI after their names and are eligible for election to the Council and to contribute towards City & Guilds' policy. A total of 528 fellowships have been awarded by City & Guilds since they were first introduced in 1892.

David Young, Chairman of City & Guilds, said that the awarding body was proud to recognise Rhodes for his outstanding personal and professional achievement in a sector of prime importance to City & Guilds. "Gary Rhodes' legendary dedication to his craft and relentless pursuit of perfection has placed him firmly at the forefront of today's culinary world. He continually gives generously of his time and expertise to encourage young people to take an interest in food, to learn the skills of cooking and to develop their taste buds to enjoy the results."

Rhodes continues to combine media and writing commitments with running top-rated restaurants including the Michelin starred Rhodes 24 in London, restaurants in Grenada, Arcadian Rhodes on board the P&O liner 'Arcadia' and his most recent London enterprise, Rhodes W1 to be opened in Autumn 2005.

Welcoming the award, Rhodes said: "I am honoured to be here today. To receive the City & Guilds' Fellowship award is the culmination of 25 years work in the catering/food industry and I strongly believe my own City & Guilds qualification gave me a strong base to work from when aiming for my goals."

City & Guilds offers a range of catering and hospitality courses that cover NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) and higher level qualifications.

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