More than 150 gold and silver medals were handed out to chefs from hotels, colleges, contract caterers and local restaurants at this year's Wessex Salon Culinaire](http://www.craftguildofchefs.org/competitions/wessex-salon-culinaire/14).
The two-day live culinary competition organised by the [Craft Guild of Chefs ](http://www.craftguildofchefs.org/index.php)was held at [Brockenhurst College ](http://www.brock.ac.uk/)in the New Forest for the first time in its history
Eleven of the gold medals were awarded in the Cold Chicken class, which proved the best-attended event at the competition. The wide range of hot, cold and restaurant service classes covered such topics as coffee, cocktails, marzipan modelling, fish, guinea fowl, gluten-free, vegan and induction cooking.
Guild vice president and event organiser Stephen Scuffel said the competition provided a perfect platform for chefs of all levels to gain experience of competitions but was especially valuable for student chefs.
"Competitions are a world away from work, and the Wessex Salon Culinaire, specifically, is a huge, adrenaline-fuelled feast of activity where fledgling chefs can cut their teeth competitively in a whole range of classes, while experiencing the thrill of performing under pressure," he commented.
By Angela Frewin
E-mail your comments to Caterer Products here.
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk
Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs