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Finn Crisp Challenge Winner

Updated: 27/07/2016

A Sheffield College student has beaten some of the best young chefs in the country to win a catering industry competition.

Finn Crisp Challenge Winner

Pictured: Sheffield College student Joseph Regan, 17, is the winner of The Master Chefs of Great Britain’s Finn Crisp Challenge 2016.

Joseph Regan, 17, is the winner of The Master Chefs of Great Britain’s Finn Crisp Challenge 2016.

Joseph is studying for a Level 3 Catering Diploma at The Sheffield College’s City campus, on Granville Road, and his ambition is to travel the world as a chef.

He made Finn Crisp stuffed breast of guinea fowl at this year’s competition held on July 7th during the Skills for Chefs conference hosted at the College. Now, he is looking forward to his main prize, a meal for two at any restaurant of his choice in Great Britain. 

Joseph said: “I feel so happy to have won. I was very nervous but you have to learn to shake that off and get on with the task. Concentrating so much on making the dish helped to calm me down. I just love cooking and my course. The teaching is great.”

The competition brief was to include Finn Crisp within a starter, main course or dessert, which had to be cooked within one hour and 30 minutes.

His competition mentor was catering trainer Joe Hunt, who said: "This was Joseph's first competition so to win is a great achievement. The pressures of the competition to produce high standard food really help to hone participants’ skills. Timings and workflow are everything. I am very proud of Joseph. He did a great job and showed true commitment in the way he prepared for the task.”

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, added: “The College catering team has won many awards and built strong connections to industry, and I would like to congratulate Joseph and our staff on this latest success.”

The Sheffield College’s City campus is a modern multi-million facility with a state-of-the-art catering wing and the latest industry standard equipment. For more information on catering qualifications, and places on full-time courses starting this September, click here or call 0114 2602600.