Highbury College Catering & Hospitality students have been competing in one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions, the Wessex Salon Culinaire, which took place at Brockenhurst College in the New Forest at the end of May.

Split into four categories – live hot, live cold, restaurant and display – the classes covered a whole host of disciplines, ranging from a British game main course in the live hot section through to napkin folding in the display salon.

Team Highbury contained ten outstanding students who competed in the following categories: themed table layup, fruit carving, vegetable cuts, lamb main course, cold chicken preparation, cupcake decoration and fish filleting.

The students triumphed with six students claiming a least one spot on the podium.

The medal winning students included:

Zehanara Poly Begum
Gold (fish filleting), Silver (cold chicken preparation)

Codrut Cosmin Mazilu
Gold (cold chicken preparation), Bronze (fish filleting)

Edward Searles
Silver (fish filleting), Bronze (cold chicken preparation)

Colette Main
Bronze (fish filleting)

Keith McAllister
Silver (fish filleting), Bronze (lamb main course)

Aaliyah Murray
Bronze (fish filleting)

The following student were awarded a Merit for their outstanding performances:

Chelsea Hay
 Merit (cupcake decoration)

Amelia Ng
Merit (fruit carving), merit (afternoon tea pastries), merit (petit fours)

Zoe Castle
Merit (themed table layup)

George Heasman
Merit (themed table layup)

Aaliyah Murray
Merit (vegetable cuts)

Colette Main
Merit (cold chicken preparation)

Christie Breen, Sector Lead for Catering at Highbury College said: "Our talented students competed brilliantly, facing the competition head on! We are so proud and pleased the students had the opportunity to compete with the best and came away with such an amazing selection of honours. Well done to all.”

Team Highbury had been in training for the event with tutor, Matthew Sussex, who commented: "I’m so proud of all the students. The hard work that they have put in to the competition over the past few weeks has clearly paid off."

The organiser of the competition, Stephen Scuffell, vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said: "There were some amazing sights, smells and tastes at this year’s Wessex Salon, and it was great to see so many students taking part in the competition, helping to ensure that the industry continues to flourish as youngsters look to hospitality as a rewarding career."

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  • Date 11/06/2017