350 hospitality students from across the South compete for awards at Wessex Salon Culinaire

8 June 2017

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Jack Gadd showing his classmates his gold winning table.Hospitality students from across the region travelled to Brockenhurst College recently to compete in a live culinary competition.

Known as the Wessex Salon Culinaire, the two-day event was organised in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs, and saw 350 participants compete in 48 classes across five categories.

Among the competitors were mainly student chefs, with some from as far away as Kent and Devon.

The five categories comprised: Live Hot, Live Cold, Restaurant, Display and Wessex Bake Off, with all work performed against the clock.

Judges included local hospitality experts who scrutinised each entry for taste, smell and presentation, as well as efficiency and hygiene standards.

Also judging the competition were the winners of hit BBC show Bake Off Crème de la Crème, Liam Grime, Ian Mark and Chris Morrell from RAF Odium.

Brockenhurst College entrants performed well at the event, winning 13 Gold, 13 Silver and 11 Bronze awards.

Brock student and Culinaire competitor Sophie Parker from New Milton won Gold in the napkin folding and Silver in the tasted cupcakes rounds.

Broickenhust College winners show off their