Students get just desserts

Students studying on cookery courses at TyneMet College won a staggering 14 medals at the annual inter-college Salon Culinaire cookery competition, organised by the North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA).
Students studying on cookery courses at TyneMet College won a staggering 14 medals at the annual inter-college Salon Culinaire cookery competition, organised by the North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA).

BUDDING chefs won 14 medals at an inter-college cookery competition.

Students at Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College won two golds, ten silvers and two bronzes at this year’s North East Culinary Trade Association salon culinaire competition at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Stephen Aitkin won two gold medals in the barista class and for his hot desserts of ginger pistachio cheesecake and strawberry filo rolls with rhubarb ice cream and white chocolate sauce.

The 17-year-old, of Blyth, also had to prepare two espressos, two cappuccinos and two signature beverages within ten minutes.

A silver medal went to the cook-and-serve team of teacher Lynn Mitchinson and students Chelsie Littlemore, 20, and Laura Cleverley, 17, both of Blyth, after they were given a mystery box of ingredients to be cooked and served within an hour.

Laura also picked up a bronze medal for restaurant service.

Other silver awards were given to Liam Kennedy, 18, of Blyth, and Dean Johnson, 17, of North Shields, for their chicken dishes; Carolann Boland, 43, of North Shields, for her fish plate; Melissa Jobson, 17, of Whitley Bay, for her dessert plate; and Joshua Bell, 16, of Whitley Bay, for his canapes.

Karl Azcarrage, 17, of Newcastle, also went home with a bronze medal for his lamb dish.

Paul Graham, head of service and business enterprises at the Battle Hill Drive college, said: “TyneMet is delighted with the success of these students and the amount of medals that they have been awarded.”

“This competition attracts a very high level of competitors, so they have done exceptionally well to be selected as medal winners.”