Darlington College students take part in ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ competition

Catering students from Darlington College cooked for an army of guests, as part of a “Hell’s Kitchen” competition.

The competition, which took place at the college’s Glasshouse Restaurant on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, pitted two teams of Level One VRQ catering students against each other.

The 19 students were tasked with serving restaurant-standard food to approximately 60 guests, where they were judged on the quality of their food by the public and also how they worked under pressure by professional chefs.

Special guests at the event included “MasterChef: The Professionals” semi-finalist Danny Parker and The Keys Restaurant’s head chef Paul Rowntree.

Team A, who were under the command of army masterchef Sergeant Pete Kell, used a special field facility set up by army chefs from Catterick Garrison, while Team B (under the watchful eye of Darlington College tutor Lee Coutts) used the college kitchens.

Speaking about the event, Coutts said:  “Because the students are new to catering, they haven’t had a chance to gain any real work experience.

“This competition recreated the pressures of a working kitchen and it was both challenging and rewarding for them.”

Organisers of the Hell’s Kitchen competition confirmed that another event will take place in the near future.

If you are a caterer and wish to be involved, an employer that can offer opportunities to develop our chefs, or a guest that wishes to have priority notice of Darlington College’s catering functions, send an email with your details to marketing@darlington.ac.uk.

Source: Darlington College

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