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MasterChef 2018 Winner gives Worthing College students hunger for success

6 March 2023

Worthing College students were given a taste of entrepreneurial spirit, thanks to MasterChef 2018 Winner Kenny Tutt.

The Worthing-based chef spent nearly 20 years working in banking, before entering the competition which would change his life.

He’s gone on to open three successful local food establishments, including Pitch and Bayside Social in Worthing and Patty Guy in Brighton.

Kenny visited the college recently and spent time talking to students about the challenges and thrills of setting up his own business, revealing the twists and turns his career took him.

He said: “It’s been brilliant to have the opportunity to talk to the students about business, entrepreneurial spirit and everything that encompasses – the risks and the rewards.

“One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to not be afraid of failure. There will always be things that will test you but it’s about using that to spur you on and giving it a go.

“Hopefully I’ve given them something to think about and take away for their future careers.

“The students were brilliant. They really seemed to be really listening and taking it all on board. I just wish them all the very best of luck.”

Kenny’s talk was part of a dedicated ‘Study & Careers’ week at Worthing College, with several speakers coming in to provide insight into different industries as well as sessions designed to help enhance students’ skills profile to support their progression into higher education or employment.

Helena Thomas, Worthing College and Northbrook College Principal, said: “We’re very grateful to Kenny and all of our guest speakers for giving up their time to come into college and meet our students.

“It’s really important for us to equip our students with not only the knowledge they need to succeed, but also those ‘softer’ skills which will see them really thrive in their future careers.

“We’ve welcomed visitors from a whole host of roles, including nurses, midwives, police officers as well as people with backgrounds in accountancy, marketing, filmmaking and politics – to name just a few.

“It has been a brilliant week, and our students have embraced and engaged with the opportunities they have been provided.”