Following three highly-competitive semi-final heats around the UK, a team of young student chefs from the Highbury College have made it through to the final of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge after finishing as one of the four highest point scoring runners-up.

Highbury College’s Young Chefs Make it to the Student Chef Challenge Final

The Highbury College team will now head to Hotelympia on Wednesday 7th March for the live final cook off against Loughborough College, Derby University, SERC, Newbury College, East Kent College, Ayrshire College, the City of Glasgow College, Westminster Kingsway and North East Scotland College.

The team, which consists of college students Jamie Hillyer, Kevin Fell and Sydney Knight, will battle it out for the prestigious title at the UK’s largest foodservice event where they will have to once again cook their three-course, three-cover menu in 90 minutes but this time in front of a live exhibition audience at the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event.

While the menu’s can be tweaked slightly before the final, the Highbury College team’s successful menu comprised of:

  • Lymington Crab Tortellini, Gem Lettuce, Mussel Saffron Broth
  • Cumin-crusted Southdowns Lamb Rack, Parmentier Potato, Glazed Carrot, Crispy Shallot Rings, Lamb Jus
  • Pickwells Farm Pears, Almond Tart, Crème Fraiche Gel, Candied Walnuts

Now in its 24th year, the annual Country Range Student Chef Challenge has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality college students looking to develop skills and showcase their culinary prowess and creativity. This year’s theme is ‘Around the World in Three Spices’ with teams having to use a different fresh or ground spice in each of their courses. 

In addition to taking home the much-coveted title, the three victorious students will each win a bespoke set of three Flint & Flame knives, a trip to the 2018 Universal Cookery & Food Festival, Westlands, in September 2018 and they will be treated to one night’s accommodation and dinner at Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons in Kenilworth.

Paul Rolfe, Managing Director, Highbury Commercial, said: “Our culinary students have once again showcased their amazing talent. They designed and created some outstanding dishes. From everyone at Highbury, we wish them luck for the national finals.”

Emma Holden, Organiser of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge, said: “The standard in the semi-final heats has been incredible with some unbelievable technique, team work and dishes on display. A huge congratulations has to go to all the teams who made the final as they each produced three amazing dishes. We look forward to seeing the teams again in March at Hotelympia where the pressure is definitely cranked up a notch.”

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  • Date 14/02/2018