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Catering students win again at Kent's Munchies Festival

Hospitality and Catering students headed to the annual Munchies Food Festival in Cobham to join 70 other local exhibitors ready to welcome 5000 visitors.

Students performed two live cookery demonstrations, shared their favorite recipes and set up a selection of fresh bread, biscuits and Florentines for tasters. The team also ran a competition where students had to create a dish based around asparagus – which the public then judged, with Raj Khan coming out as winner. It was great to not only meet the local people and visitors, but also other vendors and local businesses that operate in Kent.

For the first demonstration Sarah and Liam both went ‘head to head’ in a 20 minute challenge. Sarah prepared and presented a beetroot and goat’s cheese risotto whilst Liam cooked pan-fried pork and butternut squash puree. Both students were able to receive and answer questions whilst cooking, showing off the skills they’ve learnt at College.

Danny cooked a ‘McLeods’ dish in the second demonstration, containing beef brisket and Jerusalem artichoke. Lecturer Anthony Hopkin said ‘he required very little assistance from myself and was extremely confident, which was an absolute pleasure to observe how he has progressed over the last year. He also took on questions and provided accurate answers.’

Everyone really enjoyed the day and the College has been invited back next year to keep up the good work. Chris Thomas and Calvin Gear also came first in the brewery and bakery competitions and the students were shining examples of the high standards in Hospitality and Catering!