Exclusive: Welling teen who bagged 25 GCSEs wants to be chef
A child prodigy who scored 25 GCSEs breaking his school's record now has his hopes set on becoming a world class chef.
Falconwood Harris Academy student George Whitelock, 17, of Coton Road, Welling, became the star pupil when he scored 15 A*s, four As and six Bs in his exams this year.
But the teen is now leaving the world of academia behind to follow his dreams of becoming a top chef in Paris.
He said: “I was predicted lots but I wasn’t really expecting to get so many so obviously I was really happy. All my teachers were congratualating me because it’s the best results the school has ever had. My class mates said ‘well done’ too but some of them were a bit envious because they didn’t get many.”
The youngest of three siblings, Mr Whitelock said the secret to his success is his dedication. He added: “I was revising every night for an hour or so. It was just determination, not giving up. I had to work really hard for French, staying behind one night a week at school. I’m not a genius, I don’t want to blow my own horn. I’m not a geek though either- I have a good social life.
“The only down side can be the high expectations. It’s not necessarily other people it’s yourself. You feel like you have to do well all the time. Like when I got the Bs I was hoping to do better believe it or not.”
Mr Whitelock, who has won competitions judged by Jean Christophe Novelli and cooked with Antony Worrall Thompson is not hoping to move to Paris to become a pastry chef.
He said: “I’m a dessert man. I went on a French exchange in Year 9 and stayed with a family in Paris. I’m going to Westminster Catering College now. When I cooked with Antony Worrall Thompson I was working 14-hour shifts. I know it will be hard work but it’s what I want to do.”