Student Team Challenge 2011

The BCF Student Challenge Cook and Serve Team of the Year 2011

University College Birmingham, Champions

University College Birmingham came out on top of the tenth British Culinary Federation Student Cook and Serve Competition, sponsored by Brakes Fresh Ideas, which was held at Stratford upon Avon College on Tuesday 17th May 2011.

Each team comprising of two chefs and one waiter, had 90 minutes to cook and serve a three course meal with wine, to a table of two diners.

Nine teams from across the UK competed against each other on the day, so competition was fierce. Judging was split into two categories of kitchen and restaurant, each section holding 50% of the marks.

Competition Organiser’s were John Peart and Geoff Tookey and the Judges were Lee Corke, BCF (Chairman of judges); Eric Bruce, Chef Patron, Restaurant Severn, Ironbridge; Matt Owens, Zuidam UK; Chris Hudson, BCF Committee. BCF member Ian Gibbs, kitchen invigilator and overseeing the restaurant were Bernard France of Classic Fine Foods and Brad Gent, Restaurant Manager, Opus Restaurant, Birmingham.

In second place were Stratford upon Avon College (Samuel Walshaw, Jake Oswin and Lucy Smith), and third were Liverpool Community College (Brian Riley, Owen West,and Daniel Heffy). Award for the best kitchen went to Liverpool Community College (Brian Riley and Owen West) and the award for the best front of house went to Coleg Llandrillo (Natalie Franklin).

Brakes representative: Natalie Phillips with winning students; Kingsley Crocker, Simona Cohen-Vida and Nicholas Welsh

Runners up were: Bournemouth and Poole College, Coleg Llandrillo, Henley College, New College Nottingham, North East Worcestershire College and Rugby Centre Stratford upon Avon.

The British Culinary Federation would like to thank Natalie Phillips of Brakes fresh ideas for their continued sponsorship, Ashley Ault, Brakes PR – Pelican, and to everyone involved in making the event a great success.

Sponsored by Brakes fresh ideas