City of Glasgow College hospitality guru honoured with national accolade

Hospitality guru Willie McCurrach, from City of Glasgow College, has been honoured at the prestigious Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards.

The Head of School for Food, Hospitality and Tourism at the college was presented with The Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Training by Loose Women star, Kaye Adams and Peter Martin at The Hilton hotel in Glasgow. Willie, who is originally from Aberdeen, was honoured with the national accolade for steering Scotland’s leading college and many of its students to multi-award-winning successes.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way. I have an amazing job here at the college – every day is different.

“One major highlight was being invited by Her Majesty the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace. I was one of only two further education lecturers in Scotland to the first and only reception for the hospitality industry. It’s great to see our learners and staff flourish and achieve the best they can.”

This award, which was sponsored by Entiér Ltd and the SQA, comes only weeks after Willie triumphed at The PACE Awards 2014, taking home the National Chairman’s Award for his contribution to the sector in recognition of his “leadership and dedication at the vanguard of Scotland’s catering education sector.” The PACE Awards celebrate innovation, excellence and dedication in the fields of education and training in hospitality and catering.

Paul Little, Principal of City of Glasgow College, said: “I am delighted that Willie has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the sector as his leadership continues to make such a big difference to the lives of students. Awards like these pay a great tribute to college staff dedicated to providing a world-class experience for our students.”