Buxton Students' Taste Of Success In National Competition
Date posted: 7 June 2013
A team of up and coming culinary arts and hospitality students from the University of Derby Buxton earned praise from the catering world's top professionals after impressing them in the finals of a national competition.
Students Andrew Collis, 20, Joe Penrose, 19, and Prabjot Ragbotra, 20, from Birmingham, made it through to the finals of the prestigious Nestlé Toque d'Or Competition, the winners of which were announced at a celebration at London's Dorchester Hotel on June 4 (2013).
Taking on the roles of chef, commis chef and front of house respectively, the Buxton team had beaten hundreds of other students to get into the four-day final, during which they had to present their bid for an in-house catering contract for a large corporation. With their mouth-watering menu of Pave of Pollock; saffron cous cous and Asian salsa main course; passion fruit panna cotta and roasted mango pudding, followed by Bakewell coffee, the students came tantalisingly close to winning the title, which was taken by a team from South West College (Dungannon).
Joe Penrose, 19, from Driffield, who is in the second year of a Foundation degree in Professional Culinary Arts said: "Despite not winning, it felt great to make it to the final. To compete against other teams, all of whom were as passionate about the competition and about the industry as we were, was fantastic.
"Making new friends and learning from one another also enriched the experience. It was great to see by the invited guests at the awards evening, how respected the competition is within the industry.
"Although we didn't win the competition, this has just given us more fuel and determination to enter again next year and having a better understanding of what is required from the competition, will help us to maybe go all the way."
Robert Stordy, University Chef-Lecturer, said: "Our students were a great credit to the University and I am so proud of them for making it to the finals and creating such a magnificent menu. The praise received by all the teams from celebrities of the catering industry was second to none."
For more information on degrees in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb