The Wessex Salon Culinaire is one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions and the heats saw our students put not only their catering and hospitality skills to the test, but creativity too.
Nearly 400 students from across the UK competed in five categories – live hot, live cold, restaurant, display and Wessex bake off – to test their ability to design and execute a dish and to work well under pressure. Alongside creating lamb main courses, rising to the risotto challenge and baking perfect cupcakes, our hospitality students also put their napkin folding and barista skills to the test.
John MacArthur, Head of Hospitality at Brockenhurst, recognised the support that South Thames students receive at South Thames, “All credit to South Thames for the commitment and support they put in place, enabling their students to succeed at the Wessex Salon Culinaire. It helps put them on the map.”
And it was double success for one of our part-time patisserie students Hollie Williams, whose kitchen-themed cupcakes not only won her a gold medal, but on the spot, she was asked to interview with a top events company, after judge Matt Owens of Fusion Catering was so impressed with her creations.
Ross Anderson, Chef Lecturer at South Thames, said, “This was the first time some of our students had entered this competition and they handled their nerves exceptionally well.
“It’s been great to watch our learners develop ideas for their dishes over the last few weeks as they prepared for the competition. All our students, showed real commitment and thought in delivering high-quality food, and I’m so happy that for so many that’s meant recognition in medals.”
One of the students who picked up a medal on the day Martyn Roach, said, "Winning a bronze medal at Wessex Salon Culinaire has really boosted my self confidence, I never thought I was good enough."
See more photos from the competition on our Facebook page.