Farnborough College of Technology learners have made a great impact at the historic chef competition, International Salon Culinaire, held at ExCeL London.
Launched in 1902, the competition challenges chefs of all levels to compete across the live theatre, static display, skills theatre and sugarcraft competitions, with a panel of over 90 esteemed judges determining whether competing chefs are awarded gold, silver or bronze awards for their efforts.
This year’s competition was more significant to the College than previous years, as the College’s own curriculum manager for Catering, Gwen Grace, was also a lead judge for the Front of House portion of the competition.
Learners from all levels of Catering courses from the College competed, with an outstanding set of results to delight their teachers with.
From our Level 3 learners, Charlotte Ellis won both a silver and bronze medal for her work.
She won silver for: Butcher a Chicken cut for sauté, Bronze Lemon Sole filleting.
Apprentice Level 2 Commis Chef Tom Aitken took home a silver for: Butcher a Chicken cut for sauté and bronze medal for the apprenticeship challenge.
Level 2 learners Kelsey Hillier, Giles Walker, Harrison Fordham, and Owen Wall-Hayes all achieved silver medals, for: butcher a chicken cut for saute, with Kelsey taking home two and Harrison also winning a bronze for lemon sole filleting.
The College’s Level 1 learners Samuel Percival, Cameron Rimmer, and Abigail Smith all achieved a silver medal for: Butcher a chicken cut for saute.
Programme Manager Gwen Grace, said “This has been a fantastic return to competitive cookery for our learners following a hiatus due to Covid-19. We can’t wait to see even more success in future competitions. We have an excellent team who nurture our learners’ skills and competitions such as this one is a great way for our young chefs to realise how good they really are.”
Principal CEO Virginia Barrett commented “Our catering team goes from strength to strength, I’m delighted that they are returning to competitions following Covid-19. Well done to everyone involved!”.
For those interested in following in our students’ footsteps, applications can be made to our catering courses here.