Following an enthralling final played under the watchful eye of a live exhibition audience at Hotelympia on Wednesday 7th March, City of Glasgow College fought off fierce competition from nine other colleges to scoop the prestigious Country Range Student Chef Challenge crown.
Under the tutelage of lecturer Robbie Phillips, the winning team, which consists of Erin Sweeney, Jordan McKenzie and Lee Christie, came out on top in a highly-competitive final where they were required to cook a three-course, three-cover menu in 90 minutes.
While the judges were incredibly impressed with the level of skills, professionalism and creativity on show from all the ten teams, it was London’s Westminster Kingsway College and Northern Ireland’s South Eastern Regional College that took the runner up places on the day finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.
This year’s theme ‘Around the World in Three Spices’ meant teams had to use a different fresh or ground spice in each of their courses.
City of Glasgow College’s winning menu consisted of:
Starter - Smoked and Spiced Roe Deer, Beetroot, Radish, Grape, Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Main - Seared North Sea Coley, Cauliflower; Roast, Pureed & Marinated, Seaweed, Vadouvan Butter
Dessert – Fig, Coriander Salted Pine Nut & Meringue Tart, Frozen Blood Orange Yoghurt