More than thirty-five hospitality and catering students from Highbury College, Fareham College, Eastleigh College and City College Southampton competed across five different categories designed to test their food preparation, cooking and presentation skills.
Level 1 students were tasked with demonstrating their fine dicing skills with cuts of veg under a strict 25-minute time limit.
Level 2 students were given 25 minutes to prepare 1.5kg of fresh chicken ready to sauté.
Followed by Level 3 students who had just 60 minutes in which to create a chicken main course using a mystery box of ingredients.
The winner of mystery box category was Highbury College catering student, Ayesha Khan, she said of the win: “I felt confident with my chicken dish and I’m really happy to have won first place.”
Sponsors for the awards included Harvest Fine Foods, Essential Cuisine, Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Salami Company, Mayflower Theatre’s Ovation restaurant, The Stable, Potters Heron and Ginger Catering.
Highbury College catering tutor Matt Sussex said: “It was great seeing them get out there and test themselves against so many other students from around the area, and it was fantastic to see Ayesha be recognised for her exceptional talents. I’m very proud of how all our students performed during the competition-they all worked really hard and they should also be proud of how they did!”
One of the judges Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef at Exclusive Hotels, said: “It’s wonderful to see the brilliant work that all the colleges do in preparing and developing students for this industry. Today’s about looking at passionate chefs and front of house teams, and to judge their technical skills and competence. It was certainly evident to see that lots of practice had gone on in preparation for this competition. Well done everyone.”
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