Norfolk’s top restaurateurs, professional chefs and hoteliers, joined the Hotel School at City College Norwich on Wednesday 8th February along with lead suppliers of organic, free range and local produce to give support to the college ‘Passion to Inspire’ competition.
The professionals guided the students in the kitchen, before judging their dishes, were Nick Mills (Managing Director) and Chris Busby (Executive Chef) from Brasted’s, Eric Snaith (Head Chef, Titchwell Manor Hotel), Philip Milner (Head Chef, Orange Tree) and Roger Hickman (Head Chef, Hickman’s Restaurant).
Nick Mills, Managing Director of Brasted’s, commented:
“There were some very complex dishes for the students to do at the competition. It was really, really, pleasant to see such great passion in the young people coming through into the industry.”
“I think it’s very important that the students get to know and understand everything about what goes into the industry. Including the front of house aspects as well as the kitchen and the supply side, right through to the end with the customer experience.”
Seven teams of student chefs were put through their paces in the college kitchens. They went head to head in a ‘Master Chef’ competition each preparing a two course meal in just an hour and a half!
Students were challenged to come up with their own dishes, featuring a pork, duck, chicken or fish-based main course, followed by an egg-based dessert, all under the expert eye of the professionals who were on hand to provide advice and support.