Brakes have received a record number of entries for the 2012/13 Student Chef Team Challenge, with numbers rising for the third consecutive year.
All 85 team entrants, from colleges throughout the UK, now face the wait to see if they will progress through the paper judging stage to the regional heats, which will take place in January and February 2013.
Inspired by the international spirit of 2012, this year's theme is "Going Global with World Cuisine", offering entrants the opportunity to celebrate the multicultural influences within Britain, and embrace the international food that inspires them.
If shortlisted from the first round of paper judging, the teams will be invited to compete in a live cook-off at one of six regional heats. The winning team from each heat along with the overall best runner up will progress to the live competition final, held as part of ScotHot 2013, at the SECC Glasgow (4-6 March).
James Armitage, marketing director at Brakes, said: "The competition is going from strength to strength and the number of entries and interest that we've had demonstrate this.
"We're now faced with a very tough task to come up with a shortlist for the regional heats. Whoever we choose, the live heats will be very keenly contested and are shaping up to be extremely exciting."
The winning team will receive a five-day work placement hosted by Christopher Basten, vice-chairman of the Craft of Guild Chefs, a six-piece Global Knife set and the coveted winners plaque as well as a commemorative award plate, medals
and certificates. Prizes are also awarded to all finalists and regional heat competitors.
For full details on the Student Chef Team Challenge please visit www.brakesstudentchef.co.uk
By Lisa Jenkins
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