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Top chefs and catering students take part in Sheff's Kitchen charity challenge

Updated: 10/10/2018

Talented local chefs delivered some exquisite dishes at the semi-final of Sheff's Kitchen this month supported by Sheffield College catering and hospitality students.

Top chefs and catering students take part in Sheff's Kitchen charity challenge

Pictured from left to right: Jim McGonigal, Charlie Curran, Tom Aronica, Martin Pick, Seymour Millington, Craig Broughton, Chris Pick and George Hodgkinson.

The charity cooking competition, led by Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, raises vital funds to support their work with young people in the city and has fast become an exciting competition which has increased in popularity over the last couple of years.

Working with Sheffield College students to pull off their creations, Martin Pick, Double Tree Hilton, Sheffield, Tom Aronica, Public, Charlie Curran, Peppercorn Restaurant, and Seymour Millington of Chesterfield F.C, created an array of dishes based on the technical challenges given in this round.

Diners were treated to a four-course menu fitting for any high-end restaurant which they scored, as the fifth judge in the room.

Other judges on the night included BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Kat Cowan, Alistair Myers Manager at Rafters Restaurant, Simon Ayres, chef and brainchild of Samphire and Steel and recently recruited Head Judge Murray Chapman, First Contact for Chefs who led the evening and set the challenges for each course.

It was a close call with only a handful of points between each team but Toms fish course and Seymours dessert were victorious, so these chefs will progress to the next round and join last years champion Jack Baker, Castle Inn Bradway at the grand final on October 26th. For more information about the competition, and to book tickets for the grand final, visit www.sheffskitchen.co.uk

Joseph Hunt, Chef Lecturer, The Sheffield College, said: "We are delighted to be involved with Sheff's Kitchen. It's supporting a great cause, helping disadvantaged children, and one that is close to our hearts given the diverse student community that we serve."

He added: "The competition provides our catering and hospitality students with a fantastic opportunity to work with industry professionals from across Sheffield City Region, and develop their technical skills and connections which could lead to future employment, helping them go further in their careers."

Twenty students were involved in the semi-final, and six are taking part in the finals. 

Billy McNaughton, 18, who is completing the Professional Chef Diploma, said: "I decided to study a vocational course as I realised that the academic route wasn't for me. Taking part in this competition and learning to work under pressure will help me gain some realistic experience of what it's like to work in the industry."

Kyle Leek-Spooner, 19, who is completing the Professional Chef Diploma, said: "It's a great chance to develop our skills and meet employers from our industry."

Sarah Kerrigan, Sheff's Kitchen competition creator and Head of Fundraising and Events at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, said: "We have been blown away by the standard of food produced this year and feel honoured to be working alongside so many talented people from within the industry.

She added: "Everyone involved has given up what spare time they have to be part of our fundraising competition and we are very thankful for their support. Having the students involved adds another important dimension to the competition, and we are very excited to see who will be crowned our winner this year."

 

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is a local charity that works directly with children across South Yorkshire; whether it's developing a healthy relationship with food, seeing an animal for the first time or helping to get their lives back on track. 

Each year they assist thousands of children and young people to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances, whatever challenges they may face. Visit http://www.whirlowhallfarm.org/ Call 0114 2352678.