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Peebles Hydro Head Chef Judges Borders College Annual Culinary Showcase

IMG_0124Peebles Hydro’s Head Chef, Chris Hazelton has lent his expertise by judging an in-house cookery competition led by the Hospitality students at Borders College. Hoping to spot some culinary stars of the future, Chris judged a Kitchen competition for NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 students at the Galashiels-based college.

After two days of intensive cooking on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June, Chris chose Monica Ngungu as the winner from NVQ2 and the winner from the NVQ3 class was Steven Grant.

Now in its 10th year, the Borders College Hospitality Students In-house Competition 2016 gives Hospitality students the opportunity to showcase the skills they have culminated during studying for an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery and NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery Award. Previous winners have gone into become successful chefs, including Greg Anderson who is now Head Chef at Morston Hall in Norfolk.

Students produced a two-course meal for the Kitchen competition where they were allocated a specific budget and expected to source their own ingredients. Chris, along with the Hospitality course tutors, judged the students’ dishes as well as took into consideration their food production knowledge and skills.

Having assessed City and Guilds end of year assessments previously, Chris has plenty experience of spotting outstanding chefs of the future. He said:

“Competitions like this are a great opportunity for students to really demonstrate their creativity and culinary flair. I was extremely impressed by the standard of dishes produced and enjoyed tasting them all. I hope that my visit has offered the students some insight into what it is like to work in a fast-paced, exciting hotel kitchen like the one I run at Peebles Hydro and inspired them to follow a career it the hospitality industry.”

Chris added:

“Both Monica and Steven had great ideas and flavour combinations which they executed beautifully. I am sure they both have fantastic careers as chefs ahead of them.”

As well as offering students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned during their time at Borders College, the competition enables them to bolster their CVs, further helping the students improve their career prospects upon leaving college.

Lynne Gilchrist, Head of Faculty Creative Industries, Sport and Business at Borders College, commented:

“We are absolutely delighted that Chris Hazelton has taken time out of his busy schedule to judge our annual completion. The experience of participating in the competition as well as receiving valuable advice, feedback and support from Chris will increase both the students’ confidence and employability skills. Peebles Hydro has undertaken many work experience placements with our students over the years and we would like to thank Chris and the wider Peebles Hydro team for their continued support in nurturing the next generation of the Hospitality industry.”

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