Pidy announces finalists for Student Catering Challenge

Pidy is delighted to reveal the eight finalists for the Pidy Student Catering Challenge. Following on from the huge success of the ’Revamp the Vol-au-vent‘ Student Challenge which ran for the last two years, this is the first year of the Pidy Student Catering Challenge which invites students to reinvent the classic tradition of afternoon tea, using a selection of tartlets from the Pidy range.

Pidy would like to congratulate the finalists, who have been chosen amongst students from across the country to attend the live cook-off final on Friday 24th January at the Claire Clark Academy at Milton Keynes College.

The seven finalists will compete against one another for the winning title and have their dishes judged by an expert panel, including Claire Clark herself and last year’s winner, Chloe Hammond from Milton Keynes College.

The list of finalists includes:  

·        Lucy Harris, West Hertfordshire College

·        Alex Buckby, Dudley College

·        Jadzia Bell, Loughborough College

·        Clare Turner, London Geller College of Hospitality & Tourism, University of WestLondon

·        Warittorn Sa-Ardson, London Geller College of Hospitality & Tourism, University ofWest London

·        Megan Bell, Walsall College

·        Mun Ni Yew, Walsall College

Competing in the state-of-the-art pastry kitchen, the eight finalists will have one hour to cook live and present their dishes to the panel of industry professionals for the title of Best Afternoon tea.

Robert Whittle, Managing Director at Pidy UK is impressed with the quality of entries and is excited for this year’s live final and the new theme:

“It’s been really impressive to see how the students have interpreted this new challenge using tartlets from the Pidy range. Each entry has been carefully thought out and is unique in its own way, which made narrowing down eight finalists incredibly tough as always. The creative boundaries have been pushed even further and each entry has a story to tell. I’m looking forward to kicking off the new year with the final and seeing these entries come to life! Our aim is to continue inspiring young chefs by launching new and innovative competitions that give students a platform to showcase their skills and talent. We know first-hand how valuable these experiences are in encouraging their careers and that’s why we bring them back each year.”

Milton Keynes College partnered with Claire Clark MBE to create the academy which offers a range of unique patisserie courses where the students can learn specialist techniques and methods. Pidy is an official sponsor of the Claire Clark Academy and is delighted to support an initiative that inspires the next generation of pastry chefs.

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