A local student at the Pictou Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College is among six top NSCC culinary graduates to have been selected to receive the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence. 

Olivia Elliott, Culinary Skills, was the only named student from this Pictou Campus to receive the award.

The award for culinary excellence recognizes a graduating student from each NSCC campus offering culinary programming. From the six award recipients, one recipient will receive the top honour, a medal for culinary excellence. The awards will be presented by the lieutenant governor at a ceremony at Government House this fall, at which time the medal recipient will also be announced. 

The recipients of the award for culinary excellence were assessed on academic performance, dedication and commitment to the culinary profession, and community involvement.

“This award is a testament to these students’ commitment to excellence. It is not only a recognition of their talent and hard work, but also speaks volumes of their resilience through a challenging final year. As our students transition into a new chapter of their lives, some moving on with their careers, other continuing in their skills development journey, I am confident that their contribution will continue to be felt within the culinary field in Nova Scotia,” said Don Bureaux, president, NSCC.

“Receiving this award means so much to me. It is such an honour and recognition after all of my hard work throughout this school year, especially with the struggles posed by COVID-19. I hope to attain a Red Seal in cooking and to open a low-to-zero waste restaurant or bakery,” commented Elliot, recipient, Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence.