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Hackney trainee chefs create winning feast

Posted 31st March

Hackney Community College student chefs Danny Francomb and Pablo German-Cajamarca managed to keep their cool through a pressurised skills contest, to win the North London Catering Cup, hosted at HCC’s own training restaurant, Open Kitchen on Hoxton Street.

This is the second consecutive year that Hackney Community College has won this skills contest.

The skills competition, with teams from five London colleges, tasked trainee chefs with creating a three course meal, in three hours.

The teams of two (a level 1 and a level 2 student in each) created their own dishes, with the stipulation that the starter must contain cauliflower, the main must contain lamb, and the dessert must contain chocolate. Meals were to be accompanied by 8 bread rolls. Students planned, costed and submitted their menus in advance of the competition.

A panel of expert judges, led by Marcus Appleton, representing the Worshipful Company of Cooks, judged the students on the key focus points of skills, hygiene, taste, presentation and organisation.

The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sade Etti, presented the prizes. All participants received a kit of professional catering equipment, with the 2nd and 1st prize winners being awarded trophies and vouchers.

Head of Hospitality and Catering at Hackney Community College, Christopher Skippers, pictured with all contestants above, commented “I am very impressed at the standard of all of this year’s entrants and incredibly proud of our winning team. Danny and Pablo worked brilliantly together and they truly deserve this recognition.

The Colleges participating in the Catering Cup contest 2016 were:

  • Hackney Community College
  • Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
  • The College of North West London
  • Hertford Regional College
  • Waltham Forest College