Parisian Patisserie experience for student winner of National Culinary competition

A Catering student from Shrewsbury College beat-off competition to be named the winner of a national catering challenge and an exclusive trip to Paris.

Foodservice supplier, Coup de pates, launched a nationwide competition late last year, offering young chefs the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to its exclusive Paris development kitchens. Plus the chance to create a new product for the UK foodservice market as well as travelling and working alongside celebrity chef, James Tanner of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and ITV’s Saturday Cookbook and award-winning young pastry chef, Thomas Leatherbarrow.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, was awarded to just one stand-out chef from across the United Kingdom who could demonstrate creative flair by producing a unique spin on one of Coup de Pates already existing pastry products.

Emily Moorhouse, 22, first year Hospitality & Catering student at Shrewsbury College, based her recipe on the French classic, profiteroles.

“I choose to do a profiteroles with Clementine Crème Patisserie, Gingerbread Foam, Pumpkin Shards, and Liquorice Crumb. I had to compile the recipe and create the product, then take a photograph and send the recipe and photograph off,” Explained Emily.
“I knew there were a lot of people who were entering the competition so I didn’t think I’d even be shortlisted to the final five!

“I didn’t have to do anything for the second round, as the judges and chefs on the panel were making each finalist’s dish from our recipes and then deciding the winner.

“Getting the phone call to say I had won and would be travelling to France for a couple of days, with James Tanner and Thomas Leatherbarrow, was a bit of a blur and took a few days to sink in. It was a little daunting as it was the first time I’d travelled alone, but it was a fantastic opportunity.

While in Paris, Emily spent time in the production factory of Coup de Pates, where she recreated her winning product with the chefs.

“The trip itself was a bit of a whirlwind,” she said. “.  We made my recipe and discussed ways we could adapt it and I also met with the heads of the company. It was really interesting to witness how a recipe goes from paper to product.

“We also travelled around local bakeries to get some ideas and inspiration for future products, were invited to the French Parliament for a VIP tour and treated to a delicious meal in a rustic French restaurant.”

Mariam French, Head of Marketing and Product Development for Coup de pates, said: “Seeing Emily’s creation brought to life in our development kitchens and getting to taste the delicate subtleties of flavour, really hit-home exactly why she should be crowned winner.”

Emily added: “The whole experience really was fantastic, the knowledge I gained from other professional, well-established chefs - especially those in the pastry capital of the world - was incredible.

“It’s really great that as part of our course we get given the chance to take part in a lot of local and national culinary competitions, which our tutors continuously encourage us to do. I’m already starting work towards my next competition!”

For more information about Hospitality & Catering courses at Shrewsbury College, please call 01743 342411 or you can follow the College on Facebook: ShrewsburyCollege, Twitter: @ShrewsburyCol and Instagram: shrewsbury_college

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