‘Master mixologist’  Institute of Hospitality Southern Front of House Student of the Year

A FAREHAM College student has won a presitgious regional award for his ‘front of house skills’ in the hospitality industry.

Lucas Kelly was crowned Institute of Hospitality Southern Front of House Student of the Year after showcasing his wine serving and cocktail making talents.

As well as producing a promotional video the ‘master mixologist’ had to prepare his favourite cocktail – an Espresso Martin.

Lucas was announced as the winner at a lavish awards evening at the AA 4-star Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst.

Lucas said: ‘It was great to win the award. I’m going to work for South Lodge Hotel, which is part of the Exclusive Hotels chain. I’d like to think I had the job before I received the award, but my letter didn’t arrive until after I’d won.’

Lucas’s tutor, Pippa Booker, added: ‘I am so proud of Lucas. He practiced until he was perfect, which gave him confidence and he was determined to win. He certainly has a brilliant career in front of him.’