Mars Foodservice has announced the finalists for its Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s Foodservice Student Catering Challenge.
Eight students will battle it out in a live cook-off taking place during the Great Hospitality Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 23 January.
The finalists include: Catherine Worley, North Hertfordshire College; Jan Au, University of West London; Zoe Taylor, Doncaster College; Harry Tunnicliffe, North Hertfordshire; Tom Poskitt, Doncaster College; Jack Reynolds, University College Birmingham; Samantha White, Doncaster College; Nicole Watt, North Hertfordshire College.
Kicking off at 9.30am, the students will have one hour to demonstrate their skills and serve two dishes suited for a casual dining menu.
The winner of each category – Best Starter, Best Main Course and Best Dessert – will receive £200 of Nisbets vouchers. The winner of the Best Overall Menu will be awarded £400 of vouchers. All finalists will also receive a personalised Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s Foodservice Student Catering Challenge chefs jacket.
Willem Fijten, culinary product design scientist in the Mars Global Product Development team, said: “Not only am I extremely impressed by the professionalism shown by the students with their entries, but I’m excited to judge the final – the finalists of which are no doubt among the rising stars of the industry. The chance to compete at the UK’s leading hospitality show is a fantastic opportunity and I’m delighted that Mars Foodservice has been able to support upcoming talent in their quest to join the fast-paced industry that I know and love – hospitality!”
The Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s Foodservice Student Catering Challenge was launched to showcase the Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s Foodservice range and support catering students.