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Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or Finalists

Updated: 26/05/2016

Trainee Sheffield College chefs are in the running to win one of the catering industry’s most prestigious competitions.

Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or Finalists

Pictured from left to right: Students Emily Aizlewood, 20, Katy Whittle, 17, and Alice Cassinelli, 20, are Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or finalists.

Emily Aizlewood, 20, Katy Whittle, 17, and Alice Cassinelli, 20, competed in the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2016 grand final.

The overall competition winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on June 24th.

Student Emily Aizlewood said: “I have learnt the positive power of teamwork. When you've got three people who are good at what they do, then good becomes great!”

She added: “Since starting college I've gone on to achieve so much. The knowledge and experience the lecturers have and pass on to the students is second to none.”

Six further education college teams nationally got through to the grand final where they competed in several challenges over two days set by leading industry figures.

The tasks included creating food for a gala evening of fine dining, as well as casual dining, making a chocolate challenge dessert based on a Nestlé product and giving a  nutrition presentation. The six teams were selected from 36 at regional heats. Overall, there were 156 entrants to the competition. 

Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “Our catering team has a national reputation and this is another fantastic achievement by our students, and thanks to the expert guidance of our highly skilled staff.”

She added: “Working under pressure in a competitive environment prepares students for the world of work and boosts their employment prospects and industry connections. I’d like to wish our team all the very best for the grand final results.”

Mick Burke, Deputy Head of Learning for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism at The Sheffield College, and a Fellow of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, who mentored the team, said: “This is arguably the most prestigious catering competition of the year. It tests a whole range of attributes such as teamwork, performing to a brief under pressure and culinary skills. I am proud that our students have got this far and look forward to hearing the results.”

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