A haul of 13 medals including five golds were among the incredible achievements of local students at a prestigious regional cooking competition.
Professional Cookery students from Cornwall College Saltash took part in The Major Series South West regional heat, held at South Devon College last Friday.
They bagged an impressive five gold best in class medals alongside a best overall static exhibit, five silver and two bronze.
Former Callington Community College student, Sharna Bingham, 17, who is studying Level 2 Professional Cookery at Cornwall College Saltash, won both gold best in class and best overall static exhibit for her decorated gateaux.
“This is the second year I have entered the competition, and I felt really nervous this year, I wanted to beat the silver I got last year,” Sharna explained.
“I am really happy with the result and so proud of myself. It’s really given me the motivation to do the best I can at college.”
Level 2 Hospitality student, James Easton, 21, has found the competition and his experience at college so far a “massive confidence boost”.
“I achieved a bronze in both the assorted coffee challenge and the restaurant skills category. I was so nervous before, but I’m really pleased with the results.”
“Before I started college I was really quiet and didn’t have great communication skills, but being here at Cornwall College Saltash and having experiences such as the competition has completely changed me. I feel confident to speak to new customers in our restaurant Dynnargh, our students and lecturers, it’s just been a great experience so far.”
Student, Andrew Mourelle-Nash, 17, who was previously at Saltash.net School, was “really shocked” to be awarded silver in the afternoon tea category.
“I felt the pressure a little during the competition, it’s hard to keep the focus and not let the nerves get to you. The support we have had from our lecturers has been fantastic.”
Development Chef and competition organiser, Wayne Harris, said it was a “pleasure to judge the students work from Cornwall College Saltash at the Major Series in South Devon on Friday.”
“Each year they raise the bar with the standards they set and the awards that they achieve, they do it with a smile on their face and the passion in their hearts,” he said.
“Students like this are the reason that makes me want to continue taking this competition and making it bigger and better every year. It is a testament to the College and the lecturers in all the hard work they put in and the faith shown in the upcoming talent in the area.”
Curriculum Lead for Professional Cookery at Cornwall College Saltash, Chris Penk, said “we are all so proud of what our students have achieved, they are fantastic results.”
“The students represented the College perfectly, they were smart, polite, and just fantastic all day. They worked so hard and really rose to the challenge.
“Results such as these showcase the quality of training and employability skills that our students gain whilst here at Cornwall College Saltash. We support them to enter competitions and work at events we exhibit at so they get a wide understanding of the industry throughout their course.”
There is a Courses and Careers Advice Event on Saturday 16th March 10am until Midday for students who may be interested in cookery courses to come along and meet the teams and explore the facilities.