Westminster Kingsway College student wins ‘The Mutton Renaissance Student Chef Challenge’
24 January 2011
Lucy Bednarczyk, Westminster Kingsway College Professional Chef Diploma student, beat eight national finalists to win ‘The Mutton Renaissance Student Chef Challenge’ which was held at the College’s Victoria Centre.
The nine finalists had to prepare a main course dish for four covers using Renaissance Mutton as the main course ingredient with at least one carbohydrate based garnish and two vegetable based dishes.
As the first prize winner, Lucy won £500 with a trophy and certificate. The winning menu was a dish of Braised Neck of Mutton, Mutton Cornish Pasty and Broth, Jerusalem Artichoke Puree, Creamed Kale and Bacon and Pied Mouton Mushrooms and a Parsley and Caper Jus.
Other Westminster Kingsway College finalists were 3rd Year Professional Chef Diploma student, Marcelo Geraldini who was mentored by Chef Lecturer Andrew Whitson and 2nd Year Professional Chef Diploma student, Danny Hoang who was mentored by Chef Lecturer Ashley Spencer. Both students were highly commended.
Lucy Bednarczyk, said: “I wasn’t really expecting to win the competition and I am blown away with the results. I tried to practice my dish as much as possible, as well as keeping up with my studies and part time job as a Commis Chef. I really love cooking and my ultimate goal is to be a professional Chef in London.”
Westminster Kingsway College Culinary Arts Advanced Practitioner and Lucy Bednarczyk’s mentor, Simon Stocker, said: “The College is very proud of all the students who took part in this new competition. It highlighted the diverse use of mutton, which over the years, has been forgotten as a quality product. With the help of Mutton Renaissance and talented young Chefs such as our Westminster Kingsway College participants, it is enjoying a comeback.”
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