THE heat is on for two student chefs who are hoping to cook up a storm in a national competition.
Jack Hunter and Rebecca Wilkinson will be pitting their skills against stiff competition from scores of other hopefuls when they fire up the ovens in a heat of the World Skills UK culinary arts competition at the University College Birmingham tomorrow.
The pair, who are both studying for a Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery at Hartlepool College of Further Education, hope to tickle the taste buds of the judges with a three-course meal they will prepare from scratch on the day.
Jack and Rebecca will each produce a fish entree of Sole with a classical garnish as a starter before serving a chicken dish for the main course, while their chocolate souffle dessert is designed to keep the judges sweet and earn them the points they need to progress to the UK final.
College hospitality and catering lecturer Kevin Dove is confident they are in with a chance and said: “These guys should definitely qualify for the UK final. They’ve both worked extremely hard in preparation for the competition and are thrilled and enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent themselves and the college.”
Jack, 17, who is from the Rossmere area of Hartlepool and is a former English Martyrs School pupil, and 18-year old Rebecca, from Seaham, have both been supported by Mr Dove since he selected them to enter the competition based on their knowledge of the industry as well as their cooking skills and success in previous inter-college competitions.
The pair are confident they can impress the judges.
enougwere full of praise for their tutor ahead of the cook-off, saying that because of Mr Dove’s help they are both confident that they can turn in a good performance on the day and impress the judges with their dishes.