Students pip professionals at international level
Students have pipped professionals to medals in the UK’s largest competition for chefs from around the world.
Showing off their awe-inspiring presentation skills and use of flavours from Trafford College’s Professional Pastry courses, trainees vied for the top spot alongside hundreds of hopefuls at International Salon Culinaire in London on Wednesday 4th March.
Topping for taste as well as looks, Bluebell Ganivet secured silver and best in show, with Lime Tart and Elderflower Mousse, Strawberry Rose Fraisier, Chestnut Mousse and Mirror Glaze and White Chocolate Brownie Mousse, after training in pastry at the award-winning kitchens of the College’s Aspire Restaurant for just one year. Level 3 Professional Pastry Chef Amarjeet Kaur clinched bronze, and Sapna Kumar and Aminah Diallo were awarded merits.
Amarjeet said: “Our tutor Mark Apsley-Hooper driving to get us there and back was commendable; he kept our spirits high. The competition was very enjoyable in all, and taught me the importance of striving to achieve perfection in every step I take.”
International Salon Culinaire was organised by Montgomery Events alongside partners the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, the British Culinary Federation, the Association of Pastry Chefs and the Craft Guild of Chefs, to find the next generation of top chefs.
Tutor Mark Apsley-Hooper said: “At this level it becomes more than the baking, it’s about the presentation skills and how everything looks as well as tastes. Doing so well in this competition is a good test for whether we’ll enter more categories next year, and it looks like we will!”