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Award-winning catering students cook up a storm with professional chefs

October 12, 2017
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Eastleigh College catering students recently supported professional chefs at Dingley Dell’s BBQ competition, returning to College with yet another award to add to the collection!

The annual competition took place at the Universal Cookery and Food Festival, in Padstow and was well attended by locals and industry professionals. Level 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering students Vicky and Rebecca teamed up with top-chef Russell Bateman and his team of well-known chefs Rob Kennedy and Eric Snaith. The team cooked some delicious food and won the competition for the second year running. Porthilly Oyster Coastal Herb Fritter and Aspall Caramel Crepe were just some of the dishes students helped make, by preparing and serving food. Taking part in competitions like the Dingley Dell’s BBQ gives students the knowledge and inspiration from professional chefs as well as experience in industry.

Rebecca, 21, enjoyed the event and would jump at the chance to do it again. She explains

‘Working with professional chefs was a great experience and a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills – they were happy to show me new things I hadn’t done before’.

In a separate team, Katrina and James who also study Catering and Hospitality at the College, teamed up with professional chefs including Alan Paton and Matt Willby to cook more dishes such as seaweed cured BBQ mackerel.

Throughout the day the students had the opportunity to watch demonstrations, network with industry contacts and try new equipment used by professionals. Rebecca, took a shine to the knives she was able to try, and as a result they have now landed themselves a place on her Christmas list!

Greg Cheeseman, Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering explains

‘Getting students work-ready by working alongside professionals in the industry is invaluable. It’s important to show students what the industry has to offer and showcase what it’s like working in that kind of environment.’

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