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Students cook up a storm in national culinary competition success

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Hospitality and Catering students have been toasting their success, after recent great performances in national catering and restaurant competitions.

A top team of catering students from the Nuneaton Campus battled against colleges from across the country at the finals of the prestigious British Culinary Federation Student Cook and Serve Team of the Year in April. Chefs Scott Cufflin and Megan Coape Arnold, along with front-of-house waiter Brandon Downing walked away with second place overall, with Brandon also awarded Best Front of House student in the whole competition, held at UCB in Birmingham.

Joe Wykes also won industry admirers after he went up against experienced chefs in the Wing Yip Oriental Chef of the Year in Birmingham last month. Despite the fierce competition, Joe walked away a runner-up.

On these recent successes, Jason Thacker, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer said:  “This success was built on team work, organisation, skill and working under real-life pressures. It clearly brought out the best in the students and we are delighted to have done so well.  The whole experience of competing at this level has been a huge boost in their confidence.”

Principal, Marion Plant OBE, commented: “It is true test of skill and temperament for our students to compete against their peers from across the country. To secure such fine performances is credit to them and all the hard work they have put into their studies, and can only help grow their reputations as they look to their futures in the industry.”

Pictured: Left to right: Lee Cork-Chair of Judges, Scott Cufflin, Megan Coape-Arnold, Brandon Downing, Matt Davies – Chairman of the BCF

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