Professional Cookery students excel in International Salon Culinaire

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Professional Cookery students from New College Lanarkshire have demonstrated great gastronomic skills in one of the hospitality industry’s most prestigious competitions.

The International Salon Culinaire Skills Competition gives chefs and front-of-house students, trainees and apprentices at the beginning of their careers a forum to compete and practise skills essential to their trade.

Professional Cookery students from NCL compete in International Salon Culinaire

This year’s Salon Skills Competition saw 150 students from 12 different colleges and training establishments from across the UK compete simultaneously in a series of cooking skills challenges.

Four students of Professional Chef 2 (City & Guilds Diploma 2) took part in the event in the training kitchens of our Cumbernauld Campus. They were tasked with preparing, butchering and presenting a whole fresh chicken for sauté. Competitors had to cut the chicken into ten pieces and display waste along with the service pieces.

Professional Cookery students from NCL's Cumbernauld Campus compete in International Salon Culinaire

All four NCL students achieved awards, with Conor Healy receiving a Gold award, Claire Seggie and Sean Lewis receiving Silver, while Declan McNamara achieved a Bronze.

The day after the competition, they logged on as a class to join the live webinar award ceremony hosted by Salon Director Steve Munkley, Andrew Pantelli of Montgomery Events, and David A.H.M Smith CBE of the Worshipful Company of Cooks.

Claire Seggie - Professional Cookery student at NCL

Chef lecturer Tom Devlin said: “This competition is regarded as one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious chef competitions. Due to the ongoing pandemic, an alternative format was designed with a mixture of virtual and live competitions.

“It was very exciting for the students and staff, especially when our students’ names were read out and appeared on screen.

“This was a fantastic achievement for all in this national competition. They have all worked exceptionally hard and are very worthy of their rewards.”

Professional Cookery students compete in International Salon Culinaire

The International Salon Culinaire competition is taking place this year using a blend of online and Covid-19-safe live competitions, judged by leading chefs.

The competition, organised by the Montgomery Group, is supported by Compass Group UK & Ireland.

Read more about New College Lanarkshire’s courses in Hospitality and Professional Cookery by clicking the link below:

Hospitality and Professional Cookery

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