Catering students from New College Telford earned high praise from the judges for their performance in the final of the UK’s Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition.
Callum Moffat and Adam Ashley made up one of just nine teams from across the British Isles which qualified for the final, held at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.
And although they didn’t win the top prize, they did the college’s Telford-based National Hospitality School proud, returning with a merit award from the judging panel, which included celebrity TV chef Cyrus Todiwala.
Callum, 18, from Telford, and Adam, 19, from Whitchurch, are both studying for their level two professional chefs diploma at New College Telford.
For the final, they cooked an opening dish of Seared Pave of Salmon, Spiced Lentils, Roasted Cauliflower Puree and Shallot Bhaji, followed by an ‘invention test’ of Wild Atlantic Prawn.
They followed this with Steamed Paupiettes of Dover Sole, Asparagus Mousse, Wild Mushroom Pithivier, and Mushroom and Fish Veloute.
Callum and Adam qualified for the final after impressing judges at regional finals held in Wales in May, which they won.
They competed against two teams from Westminster in London, plus finalists from Birmingham, Rochdale, Llandrillo in North Wales, Kendal, Paisley in Scotland, and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. One of the two Westminster teams was crowned overall champion.
“They did New College Telford proud, outperforming teams from big cities like Birmingham in the final,” said National Hospitality School chef lecturer Sean McNulty.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to demonstrate the craft skills and knowledge that they have gained from their studies on the professional chefs course here at New College.
“It also gave them valuable experience and raised their confidence to compete in the future. The competition stretched and challenged the students in many ways including their maths, English and employability skills.”
New College Telford’s acting principal Fiona O’Brien said: “We’re all very proud of Callum and Adam’s achievements, which are testament to the hard work and support from Sean McNulty and his team.”