Catering student, Lauren King, from Cornwall College Saltash has excelled in the finals of South West Chef of the Year. Lauren King who is currently studying the Level 3 Diploma in Culinary Skills and works at The Horn of Plenty hotel near Tavistock prepared, cooked and presented some incredible dishes under the close eye of several experienced judges.
South West Chef of the Year is open to a variety of culinary enthusiasts and contains five classes; Professional, Young Professional, Student Chef, Home Cook and Junior – Lauren was in the Student Chef category.
Lauren said; “Getting to the finals was a great experience, I loved it. It was slightly stressful at times making sure I was fully prepared down to the final detail of what equipment I needed to take but it was definitely worth it. I’m so proud of making it to the last four and reaching the finals. We got given compulsory ingredients which we had to use to make a starter and main course, whilst not knowing what others in the competition were making. I would recommend more young people enter into competitions like this if they would like their career to progress. It’s a fantastic opportunity to start to become recognised by some amazing chefs.”
This annual competition allows its competitors to implement their skills, knowledge and creativity whilst using the best seasonal produce from the South West. The competition demonstrates the talent and quality that the South West has to offer and is continuing to add to the thriving hospitality sector in this part of the country. Judges included an array of high profile chefs such as Michael Caines MBE, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth.
Team Lead for Hospitality and Professional Cookery at Cornwall College Saltash, Chris Penk, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lauren who, at such a young age, demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, technical skill and confidence throughout the process. Everyone at Cornwall College is extremely proud to be part of Laurens learning and development; and in partnership with Lauren and her employers at The Horn of Plenty will look forward to celebrating the success of what will be a very bright future”.
Lauren added: “I would like to thank the College and my employer for all their help whilst I was preparing. My end dream is to work in London, Paris or New York. I would love to explore new cuisines and see how other places around the world present their food.”