Eastleigh College recently sent 13 Hospitality and Catering students to the annual Wessex Salon Culinaire Competition in Brockenhurst, picking up a staggering 23 awards.
The Wessex Salon Culinaire is one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions, and is held in association with The Craft Guild of Chefs and World Skills UK. The competition was split into five categories: Live Hot, Live Cold, Restaurant, Display and Wessex Bake Off. In each category, students were instructed to create a particular dish or demonstrate a skill within a time frame.
Eastleigh College students competed against industry professionals and other colleges in several categories, including the Live Hot classes where they cooked scallops and pasta dishes in front of the judges.
The day was a massive success, with 11 students picking up awards in different areas. Donovan Malone, studying Level 2 Professional Catering, was the star student bringing home a Certificate of Merit, a Silver and a Gold award. Donovan was thrilled to receive a Gold medal this year: “I took part in the competition last year and was given a Silver award, so I’m excited to have achieved Gold this year.”
Donovan added, “I’m happy to have such an achievement to put on my CV and for employers to recognise. I learned a lot about teamwork on the day, and I hope that this opportunity will open a lot of doors for my career.”
Donovan was awarded a Merit for his Singapore Sling, B-52 and Cointreau Coffee cocktails, Silver for his bakery rolls and Gold for his patisserie skills, which involved creating an innovative fruit salad and lining a pastry tin.
Overall this was a fantastic opportunity for the Catering & Hospitality students to take part in an industry-led event, improve their culinary skills, and more importantly be rewarded for their hard work and determination.
The full list of awards for Eastleigh College is as follows:
Certificate of Merit