A cut, chop and sauté above the rest!


Imogen Hunter’s – Final Dishes

Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) welcomes students from across Worcestershire as it hosts the local finals of Springboard’s FutureChef Competition on Tuesday 10th January 2017.  

Springboard’s FutureChef is a nationwide culinary initiative run by The Springboard Charity, helping young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook, explore food and develop a vital life skill.  The programme features a four stage national competition, annually involving over 8,000 participants. It also includes classroom resources, chef demonstrations and skills challenges, and forms a link between schools and hospitality employers.

Talking about the Springboard Regional Manager, Sophie Green, said:

“Springboard’s FutureChef was developed as a result of research into young people’s ideas about the hospitality industry. Research revealed that young people really admire high-profile celebrity chefs, yet surprisingly few genuinely consider a career as a chef! Springboard’s FutureChef provides teachers and young people with a wonderful insight into the wealth of career opportunities that the hospitality sector has to offer.”

The competition saw students from Pedmore Technology College, Bredon Hill Academy and Christopher Whitehead School go head to head demonstrating their exceptional culinary skills. The students prepared magnificent mains and delicious desserts to impress the three judges: Andy Minchin (Heart of Worcestershire College), Clive Jones (Cater Masters) and Daren Iley (PSL).

As the competition “heated” up it was Imogen Hunter from Pedmore Technology College who cut, chopped and simmered her way to victory.  Imogen created a mouth-watering menu of Parisian Chicken with red wine sauce served with creamed potatoes and seasoned vegetables followed by Berry Cheesecake crunch. She will go on to compete in the West Midlands Regional Final on Saturday 4th February.

Commenting on her success, Imogen, said:

“My main dish was inspired by something I tried in a restaurant. I really enjoy cooking and have practiced a few times for today and I am looking forward to working with a mentor.”

To find out more about studying Hospitality and Catering at HoW College please visit our website: www.howcollege.ac.uk.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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