Members of the Craft Guild of Chefs` Culinary Academy are celebrating after bringing home a haul of medals they won in Ireland.
The team`s participation in the World Association of Chefs` Chef Ireland 2009 contest in Dublin last week led to members scooping 15 awards and coming second overall to the Irish National team.
Team leader Andy Twells said: “We were proud to be one of the teams to represent England at this prestigious event. The competition was stiff – we were competing against teams from Scotland, Germany and Ireland. The standard is high with a judging panel consisting of every nationality. The team performed magnificently under pressure producing a display buffet and serving a three course lunch for 70 covers using Irish produce in the Restaurant of Nations.”
The team, which included freelance chef and food writer Sophie Wright, James Davis, chef de partie at Eton College, Andrew Ditchfield of the House of Commons, Westminster Kingsway College students Rosie Angus and Kate Sims and their mentors - Vince Cottam, senior lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College , Chris Basten, executive chef at Marriott County Hall, and Dennis Mwakulua, executive chef at Fujitsu Siemens - won three Gold, two Best in Class, and 10 Silver medals.
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