Highbury students were named culinary champions at an international catering competition.

A group of seven students each achieved podium places in The Craft Guild of Chefs’ Major Series.

Among the winners were Francesca Standen who was named best in class and won a gold medal in the World Street Food category.

She was closely followed by Ayesha Khan and Kevin Fell who were each awarded silver medals in the same category and Edward Searles, Nathan Johnson and Ashley Ferrand who each won bronze.

Sydney Knight also won a gold medal and Chelsea Holder achieved a certificate of merit while competing in the Decorated Gateau category.

Meanwhile, Kevin Fell came away with a second silver medal in the Chicken Challenge and gained a place in next year’s Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC – one of the UK’s biggest catering shows.

The competition saw participants create new dishes using products from stocks and sauces specialist Major. They were encouraged to keep with current restaurant trends while producing appetising and aesthetically pleasing dishes at practical portion sizes.

Catering lecturer Matt Sussex said: “This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the amazing talent of our catering students.

“We are incredibly proud of everyone that took part and helped us secure so many top prizes including two gold medals and all top positions in the World Street Food class.

“It is just one of the big achievements our department has had this year. It comes after two students won the top prize of a canapé competition run by Hampshire Fare.

“The College is also preparing to host and take part in the southern heat of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge in February.”

Highbury College’s catering students have access to top facilities and help run the popular Chimes restaurant in Winston Churchill Avenue.

For more information about catering courses at Highbury College click here.

These courses could lead to a career as a head chef earning up to £100,000 in a top city hotel or as full-time hospitality or events staff earning £11-30,000.

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  • Date 25/01/2018