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Stir it up magazine May 2017

Rising to the Challenge The Country Range Student Chef Challenge is a major event on the competition calendar for catering colleges across the UK. It is run in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs and judged to professional competition standards. Eight teams secured a place in the 2017 final after an initial strict paper judging followed by four highly competitive regional heats. The final battleground for the eight talented trios was the Live Theatre at ScotHot in Glasgow in front of a packed audience. The finalists were: “The Country Range Student Chef Challenge is a very important part of our curriculum and it encompasses all of the skills they have learned at college and puts them into context.” Bob Oberhoffer, chef lecturer, City College Norwich The teams had to create and plate a three-course meal in just 90 minutes within the theme of “Healthy Gourmet Fine Dining” and costing no more than £8 per cover. This included a vegetarian starter containing at least one super grain, a main course that could contain meat or fish but had to be centred around imaginative healthy cooking techniques, and a dessert that should contain fruit where possible and refrain from containing too much butter and cream. Unlike many other competitions, the college teams were required to develop the menus themselves, rather than replicate a specific menu, which allowed them to let their creative juices flow. As a result, there was a wide variety of adaptations of the brief, which ultimately made for a more interesting final. Blackpool and the Fylde College • Lecturer Steven Alexander, Stewart Frame, Emily Wilkinson and Holly Evans Ayrshire College • Iona Duncan, Agnieska Dudko, Katarazyna Hospodarewska and lecturer Annmarie Farr City College Norwich • Lecturer Bob Oberhoffer, Meg Greenacre, Stacey Jolly and Chloe Saterlay Glasgow Clyde College • Lecturer Steven Sanderson, Erin Sweeney, John Punsalang, Natalia Siwek and lecturer Joe Rainey Henley College Coventry • Lecturer James Brooke, Kallum Hart, Hollie Tipper and Toby Sheffield Loughborough College • Emily Bucknall, Sian Dixon, Aveir Gordon and lecturer Darren Creed The Brief SPECIAL FEATURE MAY 2017 23 Hopwood Hall College • Lucinda Lageard, Marcus Carter-Strutt, Kyle Rosebury and the lecturer Sam Everett City of Liverpool College • Lecturer Ian Jaundoo, Kerry Kewley, Ben Hughes and Edwin Kuk


Stir it up magazine May 2017
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