Loughborough College Trio Look To Add To The College’s Olympic Haul

loughboroghLoughborough College’s Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2016 winner’s Daniella Bromley, Emily Bucknall and Rebecca Brooks are looking to add to the college’s astounding Olympic medal tally after jetting off to compete at the Culinary Olympics.

Hoping to emulate the success of the college’s Rio Olympians who won a combined 14 medals this summer, the young trio of chefs, will join the Craft Guild of Chef’s Culinary team as they battle it out in the culinary equivalent of the Olympics.

Taking place in Erfurt, Germany from the 19th -25th October, the Culinary Olympics sees leading chefs from all over the world compete in one of the toughest international cooking competitions.

During the challenging five-day competition, four chefs from each team will have to create and plate four different kinds of finger food for six people and one 5-course festive menu including a dessert.

The girls will be assisting Fergus Martin (Team Manager), Christopher Basten (Team Captain), Matthew Carter, Matt Edmonds, Sam Jones, Stephan Taylor and their Loughborough College Lecturer Darren Creed in the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Culinary team.

An excited Daniella Bromley comments:

“The win earlier this year and the whole process was an incredible experience but the Culinary Olympics in Germany will be another level altogether.  We all can’t wait to get started though as there is no better way of testing yourself and hopefully we can add to our college’s already impressive Olympic medal tally.”

The Loughborough Student Chef Challenge Win

With just a small catering department and around 60 students per year, the girl’s win in March was the equivalent of Leicester City winning the Premier League, or so comments Loughborough’s winning lecturer and big Leicester City fan Darren Creed:

“This was the first year we had entered the Student Chef Challenge competition so it was really beyond our wildest dreams to take home the crown.  While we have around 80 students and two kitchens at our college, we were competing against some massive catering colleges with hundreds of students and huge resources. It really was the Leicester City success story of the competition catering world so to be competing at the Culinary Olympics is the just the icing on the cake.”

The Student Chef Challenge, which is run in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, is in its 23rd year and has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality and catering college students looking to showcase their culinary prowess and creativity, while developing “real life” catering skills and experience under intense pressure situations.  The 2017 competition is now open for entries and the application deadlines is the 28th November. Visit – www.countryrangestudentchef.co.uk

Creed continues:

“The competition is incredibly relevant and fantastic for student’s CV’s as it tests key skills they will need to make it in a kitchen and succeed, from meticulously planning and costing a dish to working under pressure in a team. In addition, the regional and national press we have received since winning has been amazing and the competition has provided a fantastic platform for us to shout about Loughborough’s other talented departments and students – outside of sport.”