Super College student excels at Culinary Olympiad

City of Glasgow College HND Professional Cookery student, Jordan McKenzie, reached the top ten at this year’s Young Chef Olympiad.

Jordan represented the college and Scotland in the international culinary competition which took place in India and involved more than 60 countries from around the world.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive, City of Glasgow College, said:

"We are delighted that once again City of Glasgow College represented Scotland at this prestigious competition. To be one of the top ten young chefs in the world together with winning the mentor's nomination and best hygiene award is an outstanding achievement for Jordan, endorsing both his skills and talent and the reputation our college has for professional cookery.”

Jordan was mentored throughout the competition by senior chef lecturer at City of Glasgow College, and Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean. He said:

“I was delighted to be back in India at such an incredible competition with yet another highly talented student from City of Glasgow College. Jordan got to mix with some of the world’s top student chefs which was a fantastic learning experience for him. It's a very tough competition so there was a lot of pressure but we prepare our students for competitive arenas such as this and Jordan rose to the challenge, making the grand finals and the top ten.”

Jordan was selected for the competition after winning last year’s Country Range Student Chef Challenge and the Atlantic Cup Challenge.  

The 24 year old from Wishaw, who attended St. Aidan’s High School, was excited to be representing his college and country. He said:

“I was a bit nervous being up against some of the best student chefs from around the world. Scotland took the bronze medal last year so that was a bit of pressure to add to the intensity of the competition. I was delighted that Gary chose me and really enjoyed taking part and experiencing India which was a big culture change.” 

The Young Chef Olympiad started on Monday 28 January and ran for five days across Delhi, Pune and Bangalore with the final round and closing ceremony taking place in Kolkata on Saturday 2 February.

The group Scotland was drawn in saw Jordan competing against chefs from Mauritius, Cambodia, Botswana, Switzerland, Oman and Hong Kong.