Student Journeys: Life after Tante Marie

FEB_Student Journey Glen Sharman
  • Glen Sharman
  • Graduated 2008
  • Head Pastry Chef, award winning chocolatier, private pastry chef at Richard Branson’s Necker Island… and still only 27 years old!

Glen came to Tante Marie straight out of school aged 17. He joined us as a complete beginner with little to no experience in the kitchen and embarked upon our 3 term Tante Marie Cordon Bleu Diploma. His dream was to become a top class chef and have his own successful restaurant.

Training as a student chef involves many elements of study and it is fair to say that Glen faced the normal challenges of a teenager entering in to a new learning environment! With the full support of our teaching staff, guidance of our palliative team and his own focus and determination to succeed, Glen successfully graduated from Tante Marie in November 2008, gaining his longed for professional chef qualification.

Straight out of the Academy, Glen was offered a position as Pastry Chef at the exclusive hotel and spa, Pennyhill Park based not far from the Academy in Surrey. By April 2011, Glen’s career was booming and he earned himself the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence. Former winners of this award include the likes of Anthony Demetre, Mark Sargeant, Tristan Welch and many more industry leading chefs.

Continuing to build his success in the industry for almost 10 years and with various other awards under his belt – including the overall prize for chocolate work at the UK Open Pastry Finals at the Restaurant Show in 2013 – Glen now works at Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise, Necker Island as Head Pastry Chef.

Glen’s outstanding accomplishments in the hospitality sector are the perfect example of how a professional culinary qualification can provide a highly successful and rewarding career – we couldn’t be prouder!

You can find out more about the careers enjoyed by our alumni here. Our team is always on hand to offer advice on further education options for 16+ year olds, including guidance on professional qualifications and career options. Call us on (+00)1483 726957 or email