Student chefs bring home the Gold in the Welsh International Culinary Championships

Hospitality & Culinary Arts students from Warrington & Vale Royal College are celebrating after returning from the Welsh Culinary Championships with 22 medals, including the gold medal for the Inter-College team challenge.

The competition, which took place in Llandrillo, North Wales, saw 17 of the college’s talented chefs compete against hundreds of entrants to bring home an impressive 8 certificates of merit, 10 bronze medals, 5 silver medals and 7 gold medals.

Professional Cookery course leader Scott Surtees said: “This is the third time Warrington & Vale Royal College has competed in the Welsh International Culinary Championships. The past two years we came home with the silver medal for the Inter-College team challenge so to be able to finally return with the gold medal, as well as an array of other awards too, is a brilliant achievement. It’s testament to how passionate we are as a department, and as a college, about ensuring learners gain the essential practical skills, and the knowledge, to go on and succeed in the industry.”

This year’s Inter-College Team was made up of students Mikolaj Mozul, Dan Jones, James Tomkins and captained by course leader Scott Surtees.

Level 2 student Konrad Krasowski was also awarded two gold medals in the Knife Skills – Fruit Cuts and Butchery Skills – Cut Chicken for Sauté competition, and level 3 student Sara Lang-Harding won a gold medal in the Major Street Food Challenge.