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A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire

Four of our front of house students entered themed table layup and napkin folding live competitions at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions held at Central Bedfordshire College in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire

Lakefield’s Hospitality Services Students wins 5 Silvers and a Bronze in The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire

“A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire”

A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire. On 17th of May 2017, students from Lakefield Hospitality College had their first taste of the competition experience at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions held at Central Bedfordshire College in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Four of our front of house students entered themed table layup and napkin folding live competitions. Napkin folding consisted in producing 3 napkin folds in 10 minutes suitable for fine dining, banqueting and room service tray. For the themed table layup competition, our students kicked off by laying the table with alacrity and explained to the judges their chosen three course meal and wine pairing for 2 covers in 15 minutes. The judges were impressed with their professional appearance and skills and the fact that they had designed and created their own menus!

Judging was based on the appropriateness and consistency of the finished napkins, menu and layup to match the intended theme together with the technical skills and working methods used. Ian Parsons, Business Director of CCS (Chef Continental Supplies) supported us by lending their beautiful and unique cutlery and tableware. Luigi Cagnin, a renowned restaurant manager also supported our students by coming and helping them to prepare for the competition. Judges were blown-away by how our students thought about the presentation and looked after small details.

A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire
A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire

Isabel’s table is inspired by “Princess of Asturias Award”. She presented her table with a white table cloth and a rustic table runner. She has chosen a unique range of tableware from CCS which was the WOW factor of her table.  Isabel won a silver medal!

Monica’s table is inspired by the harvest Festival Award. Monica wanted to create a colourful and natural ambiance. She finished off her table by putting decorative greenery on top of the plate. Monica won a silver medal!

A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire
A Blazing Success at The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire

Catherine’s table is inspired by “The Oscars Awards. She won silver medal for the simple and elegant setup. Her centrepiece is made of red roses in a tall fluted glass filled with water containing gold sparkly glitter. Catherine said “I worked hard to achieve a silver which I practiced a lot for. I was able to use the knowledge I have learnt by doing Hospitality Services and incorporate it into my theme. I am so happy with my silver and wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without the help of my teachers at Lakefield”.

Magdalena’s table is inspired by the HSBC Award, Judges were impressed by her booklet style menu and even thought it was from a real event! Magdalena won silver award and best in class. Magdalena said “ I have enjoyed the competition and I am very happy with the result and that through hard work and effort you can achieve much more and identify a lot of hidden potentials and skills. One of my motivational phrases is from Diego Masciaga of Waterside Inn saying, “To think further than your feet”.

Click here (The 3 Counties Salon Culinaire)  if you want to know more about the competition.



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