Students turn up the heat at chef challenge

A trio of Shrewsbury College chefs have proved their skills are on the cutting edge after winning the regional heat of the Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge earlier this week.

Simon Davis, Karl Hignett and Liam Weatherhead were selected to compete in the Midlands & East Anglia heat of the competition following a record number of entries from more than 80 UK colleges. They pipped seven other student chef teams to the post, with a Mediterranean menu that included a pave of cod, tapenade injection and a spiced pisto and manchego crumb.

“The Brakes Challenge is a leading culinary competition,” said Senior Chef Tutor at Shrewsbury College, Sean McNulty. “This is a fantastic result to date and demonstrates the team’s commitment to success.”

The Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge aims to recreate the experiences and pressures of a typical professional kitchen, whilst giving competitors the opportunity to develop accurate costing and sourcing skills within a professional setting.

The winning teams from each of the six regional heats will attend the national final at the ScotHot in Glasgow later this year. They will compete for the coveted winner’s plaque and a work experience placement with Chef Consultant Christopher Basten, who has worked for the likes of The Ritz and The Dorchester.

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