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Chef adds golden ingredient

PUBLISHED: 17:40 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

A CHEF who won a gold medal in an international contest was honoured at a ceremony attended by England rugby player Matt Dawson. Adam Smith, 22, from Orpington, who works at The Ritz Hotel, was a guest at a prestigious reception at City Hall last Friday

A CHEF who won a gold medal in an international contest was honoured at a ceremony attended by England rugby player Matt Dawson.

Adam Smith, 22, from Orpington, who works at The Ritz Hotel, was a guest at a prestigious reception at City Hall last Friday to celebrate his achievements at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 in Canada, where he won gold for cooking.

He was presented with a certificate of participation.

Mr Smith said: "This is the most fantastic feeling. To have competed against the best young chefs in the world was an amazing experience in itself but to win a gold medal in the trade I love is just incredible. I really do feel on top of the world.

"The last year has been absolutely brilliant. To have been given the chance to learn what I'm capable of, to train with some of the best in the industry and to be part of such a great team has been unbelievable."

Mr Smith and the other 25 members of Team UK, who represented Britain at WorldSkills, battled it out over four days of competition. In total, there were 900 young people from 46 nations competing in skills ranging from bricklaying, IT and engineering to floristry, hairdressing and cooking.

Mr Dawson said: "There are lots of similarities between training for a sport and training for WorldSkills and I hope their achievements will help show the country just how talented these young men and women are and encourage other young people to get involved. I wish them every success in the future.

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