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College Hospitality team cooking competition success

College Hospitality team cooking competition success

Ayrshire College has been announced as one of sixteen Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2018 semi-finalists from across the UK, and one of only three semi-finalists from Scotland.

Now in its 24th year, the annual Country Range Student Chef Challenge has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality students to develop their skills and showcase their culinary creativity.

The challenge requires each team of three students to develop and cook a three-course, three-cover menu in 90 minutes. This year’s theme is ‘Around the World in Three Spices’ with teams having to use a different fresh or ground spice in each of their courses. Hospitality students, Charlene Walker from Kilwinning, James Young from Kilmarnock, and Iona Duncan from Irvine are working hard to perfect their menu.

The successful teams will compete to win a place in the live grand final which will take place in March at the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event in London.

Last year, an all-female team from the College were victorious in the prestigious Country Range Student Chef Challenge, scooping the coveted top award and gold medal.

The Professional Cookery student team, Iona Duncan from Irvine, Agnieszka Dudko from Ardrossan and Katarzyna Hospodarewska of Saltcoats, under the guidance of their chef lecturer Annemarie Farr, were the first Ayrshire College students to win the prestigious competition.

John Govan, Head of Hospitality and Tourism at Ayrshire College said “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their skills to employers on a national scale and to meet potential future employers.

"Winning through any competition leads to new and exciting experiences for the students, as well as some extra hard work in preparing for the next round. We are delighted for the students involved and would like to congratulate the team on their success and wish them well for the next stage.”

23 January 2018

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