Catering & Hospitality students put their skills to the test

Macclesfield College’s Silk Room Restaurant was a hive of activity as the Hospitality and Professional Cookery students took part in a day-long ‘Skills Factor’ competition.

The fun yet challenging event was specially designed to test the skills which the students had developed whilst on their courses. Throughout the day, various industry-related challenges were set for the students to undertake with points being awarded for technical skill, presentation and adherence to safe working practices. Tasks included: Knife Skills Vegetables/Fruit, Mashed Potato Piping, Wine Pouring, Cup Cake Decorating, Cappuccino Making, Party Table Presentation, Croquembouche Display and Steak Flambé.

Experts from industry attended the event as special guest judges to help adjudicate the proceedings. These included Josh Singleton, Sous Chef at the Lord Clyde gastro pub in Bollington, Freelance Chef, Mark Benthan, and Jamie Murphy from catering equipment suppliers H G Stephensons Ltd who very kindly donated a set of Chef’s knives as prizes for those students who displayed outstanding skills.

The day cumulated with an informal presentation ceremony where the students’ efforts were rewarded with certificates and prizes. Mark Boswell, Curriculum Manager for Catering and Hospitality, commented, “The day was a great opportunity for the students to really put their skills to the test and we saw some exceptional performances. The event also helped them to prepare for the forthcoming Welsh National Culinary Championships – an annual event in which Macclesfield College students have enjoyed great success, which we aim to repeat again this year.”

Find out more about studying Hospitality & Professional Cookery at Macclesfield College.

 Millie Cooper masters the steak flambé

Millie Cooper masters the steak flambé

 Chris Vassilou (right) is a steady hand at the Knife Skills challenge

Chris Vassilou (right) is a steady hand at the Knife Skills challenge

 The students' delicious Croquembouche display

The students' delicious Croquembouche display

 Classmates watch on as Dan Connelly hones his wine pouring skills

Classmates watch on as Dan Connelly hones his wine pouring skills

 Caroline Boon collects a certificate at the presentation ceremony

Caroline Boon collects a certificate at the presentation ceremony