Chal­lenge re­veals cook­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity tal­ent

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS -

HOS­PI­TAL­ITY and cook­ery stu­dents took part in a com­pe­ti­tion to test their skills in the kitchen.

Skills Fac­tor was run at Mac­cles­field Col­lege’s Silk Room restau­rant.

Hos­pi­tal­ity and Pro­fes­sional Cook­ery stu­dents spent the day at the fun and chal­leng­ing event spe­cially de­signed to test the skills they had de­vel­oped on their cour­ses.

Through­out the day, var­i­ous in­dus­try-re­lated chal­lenges were set for the stu­dents to un­der­take with points be­ing awarded for tech­ni­cal skill, pre­sen­ta­tion and ad­her­ence to safe work­ing prac­tices.

Tasks in­cluded: knife skills with vegetables and fruit, mashed potato pip­ing, wine pour­ing, cup cake dec­o­rat­ing, cap­puc­cino mak­ing, party ta­ble pre­sen­ta­tion, cro­quem­bouche dis­play and steak flambé.

In­dus­try ex­perts at­tended the event as guest judges to help ad­ju­di­cate the pro­ceed­ings.

Th­ese in­cluded Josh Sin­gle­ton, sous chef at the Lord Clyde gas­tro pub in Bolling­ton, free­lance chef Mark Ben­than, and Jamie Murphy from cater­ing equip­ment sup­pli­ers HG Stephen­son Ltd, who very kindly do­nated a set of chef’s knives as prizes for those stu­dents who dis­played out­stand­ing skills.

The day cul­mi­nated with an in­for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony where the stu­dents’ ef­forts were re­warded with cer­tifi­cates and prizes.

Mark Boswell, cur­ricu­lum man­ager for Cater­ing and Hos­pi­tal­ity, said: “The day was a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to re­ally put their skills to the test and we saw some ex­cep­tional per­for­mances.

“The event also helped them to pre­pare for the forth­com­ing Welsh Na­tional Culi­nary Cham­pi­onships – an an­nual event in which Mac­cles­field Col­lege stu­dents have en­joyed great suc­cess, which we aim to re­peat again this year.”

●● St Paula’s head­teacher Nora Arm­strong-Boyle, All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege prin­ci­pal Tony Billings, St Mary’s Con­gle­ton head­teacher Sasha Humphries and St Al­ban’s head­teacher Teresa Cook

●● Cook­ery stu­dent Mil­lie Cooper, 17, masters the steak flambé

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