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
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.