Heat is on for college cooks

East Durham College cookery students Calum Robinson (left) and Luke Swan

East Durham College cookery students Calum Robinson (left) and Luke Swan

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STUDENTS from two colleges will be pitting their pots and pans against each other next week in a bid to see who is king of the kitchen.

Hartlepool College of Further Education and East Durham College in Peterlee will be taking part in an inter-college catering competition on Tuesday, February 5.

The event will take place at Hartlepool’s new £53m campus, in Stockton Street, and will see students from both colleges vying to create tasty desserts.

Two students will represent both colleges before one from each is picked to go onto the next round, competing against other colleges from around the region.

The creations must consist of two different desserts suitable for a fine dining style of service.

One dessert must be intended to be eaten hot and one must be intended to be eaten cold.

Dishes must reflect seasonality and current and modern trends.

Joe Keenan, East Durham College’s main chef lecturer, said: “Our two students, Calum Robinson, who is 17 and Luke Swan, who is 18, have been coming in on their days off getting ‘battled up’.

“It’s good for the kids to have a bit of friendly rivalry and our students.”