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Stir it up magazine May 2017

SPECIAL FEATURE 26 MAY 2017 Congratulations to the Winning Team! AYRSHIRE COLLEGE The all-female team from Ayrshire College was victorious after wowing the judges with their teamwork, cooking skills, creativity and plate perfect dishes. In addition to taking home the prestigious Country Range Student Chef Challenge title, Iona Duncan, Agnieska Dudko and Katarazyna Hospodarewska have also won the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the Craft Guild of Chef’s Culinary Team in catering for over a thousand guests at the Craft Guild of Chefs Annual Awards 2017. Craft Guild of Chefs’ head judge Chris Basten said: “Massive congratulations to Ayrshire College who are definitely deserved winners this year. As we expected from the final there was a fantastic array of skills on show, from sous vide cooking to more traditional and classic cooking methods. “We practised hard, worked together, were clean and tidy and cared about everything we did and the hard work definitely paid off in the end.” “Cooking a three-course meal in 1½ hours is tough at the best of times but the team showed bags of innovation in their menus and definitely hit the brief with what they served. Each and every team can hold their heads up high at a fantastic job done, as the judging was to strict competition standard so a very well done Ayrshire College who are definitely three young chefs to watch closely in the future.” Ayrshire College’s winning menu • Mushroom Consommé with Chai Seed Dumpling, Broccoli, Pickled Mushrooms and Textures of Onion • Guinea Fowl, Crispy Black Pudding, Fennel, Carrot and Orange Puree and Potato Boulangere, Port Jus. • Pistachio, Lime and Coconut Cake with Coconut Sorbet, Passion Fruit Jelly and Compressed Mango “We’re all still speechless. To the final was a big achievement but to win it is out of this world and I’m just so happy.” - Agnieska Dudko, Agnieska Dudko, winning team member from Ayrshire College, said: “It’s just absolutely amazing and we’re all still speechless. Even just to get to the final was a big achievement but to win it is out of this world and I’m just so happy. The whole challenge was incredibly rewarding, terrifying at times but we couldn’t have done it without our lecturer Annmarie who believed in us and pushed us to be the best we can. We practised hard, worked together, were clean and tidy and cared about everything we did and the hard work definitely paid off in the end. I can’t wait to go to London and cook with the Culinary team now!” winning team member Annmarie Farr, Ayrshire College Lecturer, said: “I’m the proudest lecturer around and delighted my team have won the crown. People have travelled from all around the UK so you realise how big and important the competition is to student chefs, the lecturers and colleges. I’ve entered and put students through similar competitions in the past but this is definitely by far the highlight because to get this stage and to have done so well is absolutely amazing for the girls.” Are you up for the next Challenge? The Country Range Student Chef Challenge is a prestigious culinary competition which has become a firm fixture in the catering industry’s calendar. The Challenge targets teams of three full-time student chefs studying hospitality or catering college courses across the UK and requires the preparation, cooking and presentation of a three cover, three course menu. We will shortly be launching the 2017/18 Challenge and you can register your interest online at www.countryrangestudentchef.co.uk. three-cover menu created around a theme. “It’s an amazing experience and you learn so much from it.” - Meg Greenacre, team member, City College Norwich


Stir it up magazine May 2017
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