Westminster Kingsway College team through to the final of the Brakes Student Challenge 2011
08 February 2011
A team made up of Westminster Kingsway College Professional Chef Diploma students, Daniel Smith, Simon Hayward and Victoria Chidgey, beat eight other teams to win the Brakes Student Challenge Southern Regional heats and secure their place in the national finals.
For the challenge, the teams had to produce a menu of locally sourced ingredients for less than £12 per person and compete against eight other teams to win the Southern Regional heats. They will now compete at the final of the competition which will be held at the Scot Hot, the Scottish Hospitality Show in March.
The winning menu included a starter of pan roasted British halibut, fennel puree, British razor clam fricassee, broad beans, samphire and a lemongrass emulsion. The main meal was loin of venison, venison faggot wrapped in savoy cabbage, smoked bacon and shallot rosti with celeriac puree, red currant, Madeira jus and juniper smoke. This was finished with a dessert of pear tart-tatin served with caramel and anise ice cream, Poir William Sabayaon and a pear crisp with creme anglaise and caramelized walnuts.
Third place in the competition was won by a second team of Westminster Kingsway College students, Kate Malcom, Jade Purewal and Joe Quilter.
Westminster Kingsway College Culinary Arts Chef Lecturer, Ashley Spencer, who mentored the WKC teams said: I am very proud of the teams for making it to the regionals and for both making it to the top three. We will now start practicing in earnest for the finals in March as it will be a tough competition but we have a good team and are looking forward to the challenge.”
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