Causing a stir in competition

Left to right, East Durham College curriculum leader for catering and hospitality Sharon Flower, students Emily Johnson and Daniel Elliot with head chef Joseph Keenan
Left to right, East Durham College curriculum leader for catering and hospitality Sharon Flower, students Emily Johnson and Daniel Elliot with head chef Joseph Keenan

A COLLEGE catering team narrowly missed out on first place in a cook-off inspired by the London 2012 Games.

A team of four from East Durham College, in Peterlee, travelled to London to take part in a competition called Get Set To Exercise Your Taste Buds.

The challenge was run by the official London 2012 Olympic Games education programme Get Set, which raises awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Students Daniel Elliot, 17, from Peterlee, and Emily Johnson, 17, from Seaham, along with college lecturers Sharon Flower and Joseph Keenan reached the finals of the culinary challenge, held at Westminster Kingsway College.

There were more than 6,500 entries to the competition, from all over the UK.

The college team competed in the further education college finals category against two other teams.

But they were pipped to the post and came second despite a thrilling choice of menu.

The students cooked a course of turkey escalope, which they named Papperdelle Le Monde Au Naturel.

The recipe was carefully researched by the students with the help of college gym instructor Tony Parks to ensure it had the right nutritional balance and was high in the right food stuffs and vitamins top athletes need.

The judging panel included an Olympian, Paralympian and a top chef who will work in the Athletes’ Village at the London 2012 Games.

Sharon Flower, who organised the college’s entry application to the competition said: “It was unbelievable when we found out we were through to compete in the final.

“The students did a great job coming up with the menu ideas and test cooking what worked best.

“Coming second was still a fantastic achievement.”