Catering Inter-College Competition 2017
North East Intercollege Catering Competition
Students from East Durham College took on their counterparts from Darlington College last week in a cookery competition.
The task was to prepare, cook and serve the Best End of Lamb with a sauce, a potato dish and offal garnish.
The cooking time was set at 2-hours and there was no advance prep allowed, except for a demi-glace if used.
The students were judged by Marco Di Sora, owner of Italian restaurant Oro in Durham.
The judging scored the competitors based on hygienic working practices, workmanship, presentation, and composition, taste and flavour.
Marco complimented all the students on their cookery skills and the decision was extremely close with Darlington student Hannah Southern coming out on top.
Luke McCoy, 17, from Thornley and Caitlin Raison, 19, from Peterlee, who are both studying on the Level 2 Professional Cookery, were disappointed not to win but enjoyed competing in their first competition.
Their lecturer, Steve McPhail, said: “Luke and Caitlin should both be very proud of their performance.
“The quality of their cooking was fantastic and they were a credit to the college.
“Taking part in competitive cooking is great experience for our catering students, especially in an industry sector famous for culinary competition.
“They are both performing extremely well on their course and I hope they continue onto the Level 3 in September as they are both talented chefs in the making.”