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Student stands by to cook up a storm at grand final of national catering competition


Monday 6th November 2017

Budding chef Callum Wood from Nuneaton has been selected to cook at the grand final of the British Culinary Federation competition at University College Birmingham on 6 November 2017.

Callum, 18, a student on the Level 2 Professional Cookery course at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, will face rivals in the last 16 from around the country as part of this prestigious competition which is well-recognised within the catering industry.

In the grand final Callum will be put through his paces creating a three-course dinner inspired by ‘Best of British’ ingredients. His menu is based on a charred mackerel starter, beef sirloin main course and a dessert of sticky toffee pudding with smoked butterscotch sauce. If he is successful next week, Callum will secure a place in the Young National Chef of the Year final run by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Callum joined the College last year on a Level 1 catering and hospitality programme and immediately showed that he had the passion for food that will help him succeed in the industry. He has already been successful in other competitions having won prizes in the Welsh International Culinary Championships and the UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year.

His tutor, chef lecturer Jason Thacker said, “Callum has done extremely well and it is an amazing achievement for a college student working at his level to reach the final. Most of the other competitors are working at Michelin-starred restaurants including The Ritz Hotel, Cliveden and The Cross at Kenilworth.

“Callum is working hard to prepare himself for next Monday’s competition and the team here will do all they can to help him to get ready for this amazing challenge. We wish him all the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic competition.”

Callum, who would like to run his own restaurant one day, is looking forward to competing alongside the best of his industry peers. He plans to return to college next year and work towards a Level 3 Professional Cookery qualification.

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