Coleg y Cymoedd hospitality and catering learners have been awarded a feast of medals and ‘Best in Class’ at a national culinary competition.
A group of Coleg y Cymoedd Hospitality and Catering learners travelled to Coleg Llandrillo, North Wales to compete in this years’ Welsh International Culinary Championships & Cake Cymru competition.
The group of Level 1, 2 and 3 Catering and Hospitality learners walked away from the three-day showcase of world class chefs from across the UK with a staggering 25 medals.
The nine learners entered a number of specialised classes including Shellfish, Bistro Sandwich, Ultimate Cupcakes, Flambé dessert, and various knife skills categories.
17 year old Alys Evans from Gilfach Goch was also hand-picked to win the ‘Best in Class’, a prestigious title only awarded to a handful of competitors from across the country.
While being presented with the award Alys said: “I am so pleased to have won three medals and in particular the Best In Class award at this Culinary Championship. The college has been very supportive and I am really grateful for the amazing opportunity.”
Ryan Desmier, 17 from Pontlottyn, also entered the Welsh Skills competition in Advanced Cookery. He excelled in his 3 hour competition completing in the allotted time and producing a Fish, chicken and apple dish. Ryan gained a very reputable second place and can now be entered in the UK skills competition.
Following the competition Ryan said “The competition was a great experience and an opportunity to expand my culinary skills. The tutors were very supportive and encouraging throughout the practise sessions and competition”
Tutor Ian Presgrave added: “The Coleg y Cymoedd culinary team was established earlier this academic year. The selected learners put in hours of practise each week culminating in the North Wales Culinary Competition at Coleg Llandrillo. All learners represented the College impeccably and in return had a very successful return for their efforts.”
The full set of medals awarded to the Coleg y Cymoedd Culinary team are:
Alys Evans Gold & Best in class Ultimate Cupcakes
Alys Evans Silver Open Novelty Cake
Alys Evans Bronze Novice Celebration Cake
Kirsty Lees Merit Award Ultimate Cupcakes
Kirsty Lees Merit Award Gateau Making
Evan Davies Silver Bistro Sandwich
Evan Davies Silver Knife Skills – Fruit Cuts
Evan Davies Silver Knife Skills – Vegetable Cuts
Evan Davies Merit Award Shellfish
Rhys Martin Silver Knife Skills – Fruit Cuts
Rhys Martin Silver Knife Skills – Vegetable Cuts
Rhys Martin Merit Award Welsh Lamb
Rhys Hill Silver Welsh Beef Main
Rhys Hill Silver Knife Skills – Fruit Cuts
Rhys Hill Merit Award Knife Skills – Vegetable Cuts
Liam Williams Silver Themed Table Setting
Liam Williams Bronze Napkin Folding
Liam Williams Bronze Spirit of Cocktails
Hollie Horsell Merit Award Open Novelty Cake
Robert Haycox Silver Flambé Dessert
Robert Haycox Bronze Flambé Main Course
Robert Haycox Bronze Napkin Folding
Ryan Desmier SilverSkills Competition Wales – Advanced Professional Cookery