Catering Students Win Silver in Prestigious Competition

Students from the Catering department at Lakes College have returned from the renowned Salon Culinaire completion in London with a total of five silver and seven bronze medals. Seven learners attended the four day competition from Monday 29th February, with each winning at least one medal in a number of different disciplines.

Salon Culinaire is the UK’s largest and most prestigious chef competition programme, which incorporates over 80 classes over the course of four days, showcasing the impressive skills and talent within the industry. The students were the youngest group that had entered and competed against professional chefs from across the globe.

Daniel Barrientos, a bronze medallist from Cockermouth, comments “The competition was really nerve-wracking at first. We were competing against professional chefs from all over the world so we did feel the pressure. We all participated in different categories, but if we weren’t competing we made sure we were there to support each other in theirs.

Lucinda Lewthwiate, 19 from Whitehaven, said “I won two silver medals in the fish filleting and classic sauce categories. Last year the group came back with one silver medal and five bronze so we’re really proud of our achievement this year. Although we’d been able to practice in Graduates restaurant at college we were competing against professionals who had been in training for about a year, so it’s a brilliant result.

Helen Thrower from Whitehaven also won two silver medals. She added “Overall the competition was a really good experience. The fact that each one of us managed to win a medal was a boost to our confidence and it’s a good addition to our CVs that will help us when seeking employment in the future.

Chris Nattress, Principal at Lakes College comments “We have once again seen great success in our Catering students and the skills they have to offer. Competitions such as Salon Culinaire are a fantastic platform for our learners to showcase the high standards of training that they undertake and their achievements are all very well deserved. This follows the good news about our AA Rosette, which shows our Catering team are going from strength to strength.