Winners Announced of Young Chef Team Challenge

30 March 2017 | Hospitality & Catering

A team from Devonport High School for Girls (DHSG) has been crowned the overall winner of City College’s annual Young Chef Team Challenge.

The College has been running this competition for over a decade giving visiting students a chance to test their culinary skills and use industry-standard facilities. The competition is open to local schools that enter teams of three students which have two hours to prepare, cook and serve a three-course meal for two people.

This year they were supplied with three ingredients – Dover sole, lamb fillet and bananas and had to plan their dishes around these items. The menus had to reflect the healthy, high energy requirements of Plymouth Raiders’ judges; Rhys Carter and Nathan Schall.

The competition had more schools taking part than ever before with fierce competition from Devonport High School for Boys; Devonport High School for Girls; Kingsbridge Community College; Launceston College; Lipson Co-operative Academy; Marine Academy Plymouth; Sir John Hunt Community Sports College and Torpoint Community College.

Kingsbridge Community College won best starter with Dover sole rolls with mint chutney. Best main course went to DHSG for their lamb tagine with apricots, and butternut squash served with couscous. Best dessert was won by Launceston College who prepared a mini croquembouche.

Five-time champions DHSG’s overall winning dishes were Dover sole goujons with a Thai dipping sauce, lamb tagine with apricots and butternut squash served with couscous and banana custard profiteroles with creamy coconut caramel sauce.

Chaz Talbot, Academy Manager of Hospitality and Catering at the College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any budding chefs to get some hands-on experience in a real life restaurant environment.

“Each year the standards rise and the young chefs produce high quality food, showing plenty of culinary skills. Congratulations to DHSG for a well-deserved win.”

“We can’t believe we won and not just one prize, but two!” said Connie McLaughlin, Josie Steel and Monique Russell from DHSG. “Being crowned overall winner is so exciting, we received tickets to a Raiders’ game and the chance to help with food preparation for this year’s FlavourFest. We’ve really enjoyed the event and can’t wait to go back to school and show off our trophies.”

Jane Tribe, Food Technology teacher at DHSG, said “We love coming to this competition every year as it is always so much fun. I was amazed at how the girls performed – well I say that, but they always do us proud! These girls are only in year nine but have been so professional and organised, working well as a team. They produced three fantastic dishes which everyone agreed with and we are delighted to be taking home the trophy.”

City College offers a range of courses for aspiring chefs from full and part-time courses to Apprenticeships. To find out more come along to the College’s Open Day, which is being held on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.


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