Food Unwrapped presenter Kate Quilton inspires students at her former school, Thurston Community College

TV presenter Kate Quilton giving a talk to students at Thurston Community College.

TV presenter Kate Quilton giving a talk to students at Thurston Community College. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A television presenter has helped pupils at her former school believe they can achieve their dream careers.

Kate Quilton, who works for Channel 4, particularly on the show Food Unwrapped, spoke to Thurston Community College students on Thursday as part of the school’s Headspace talks series.

Amanda Walden, head of Year 12 and 16-19 enrichment, said: “The main aim really was for them to hear about her journey and just because you come from a village in Suffolk it doesn’t mean you won’t make it.”

She said the TV presenter was “incredibly inspiring” and helped advise students on how to get into the media industry.

Mrs Walden, who organises the Headspace talks, said a student who aspires to be a travel photographer had said afterwards “it’s a nice thing to want to do, but I actually believe I can do it now”.

She added: “If she changed one young person’s mind that they believe in themselves, that’s the purpose really.”

Mrs Walden said Headspace was to open the students’ eyes to “what’s out there in the world”.

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Ms Quilton landed her first reporter job for ITV West and went on to work as a broadcast journalist in Somerset for the BBC. She is now a commissioning editor for Channel 4 as well as a presenter for Food Unwrapped.

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