Hospitality students show sizzling skills at ScotHot

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New College Lanarkshire Hospitality and Professional Cookery students dominated the awards board at a national culinary competition – bringing home six medals.

Six Professional Cookery students from the College’s Motherwell and Cumbernauld campuses competed in the Scottish Culinary Championships at annual food exhibition, ScotHot, held in the SEC Glasgow.

The students competed across five categories during the two-day competition to achieve one gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

The competition recognised Victoria Moore, who won Gold for Vegetable Preparation, while Scott Cunningham won Silver for Bakery Skills. Declan Gray and Erin Howlett also received silver for their skills in the Chicken for Sauté category.

Bronze medals were awarded to Gayle Miller in the Prawn Challenge, while Sarah Godden won bronze in the Menu of the Day Cold Entry category which she was entered into by her employer, New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Gold-medallist Victoria, 19, from Kilsyth, said: “Competing at ScotHot was a great experience. I definitely want to test myself in other competitions now.

“It has really helped to develop my skills and given me confidence.”

The Scottish Culinary Championships, sponsored by Compass Group, aims to showcase the huge amount of culinary talent across the Scottish foodservice industry.

New College Lanarkshire students train in the College’s state-of-the-art training restaurants, ML One and Taste, to perfect the skills they learn throughout the curriculum.

Over 8,000 people visited the ScotHot exhibition to take part in practical workshops and live competitions taking place on over 200 stands.

New College Lanarkshire also had a presence at the competition, speaking to prospective students and employers about the College’s exceptional offering in Hospitality and Professional Cookery, and its successes to date.

Visitors to the stand were also treated to home-made tablet and fudge – and many kept coming back!

Darren Pettigrew, Curriculum and Quality Leader in the Faculty of Service Industries for New College Lanarkshire, said: “Our students and staff were absolutely delighted at the opportunity to compete in a national competition representing the College, and to achieve the successes that we have was astounding and a real testament of the skill, determination and discipline of the students and the staff at New College Lanarkshire.

“The students were a real credit to themselves and the College.”

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