Team City shows it is the team to beat!

Claudia Cozariuc, Charles Quiambao, Nicolle Finnie Claudia Cozariuc, Charles Quiambao, Nicolle Finnie

Professional Cookery and Hospitality students show they are among the best in country after bringing home silver and bronze from two of the nation’s most prestigious culinary competitions.

The renowned Country Range Student Chef Challenge recognises the most talented full-time student chefs in the UK; and Springboard Future Chef encourages young talent into a career as a chef.

Under the leadership of lecturer Robbie Phillips; Nicolle Finnie, Charles Quiambao and Claudia Cozariuc, took third place in the Country Range Student Chef Challenge. They had to create a menu that embraced clean, well-proportioned and precisely-executed cooking, using a maximum of £8 worth of ingredients per cover.

Charles Quiambao said: “We competed together as a team rather than as individuals which was a great experience. We all relied on each other to do everything to a high standard. I really enjoyed competing and was so excited when they announced that we had won a medal.”

Their menu featured crispy hen’s eggs with pickled mushrooms, salsify, spinach and croutons for the starter and a poached breast of guinea fowl, prune purée, fragrant rice, carrot, liver and burnt leek as the main course. Dessert was a rose and white chocolate mousse.

Robbie Phillips added: “I am really proud of the students for winning a bronze medal as it is a huge achievement for them. When it comes to choosing a team for a competition like this, students must show their commitment and willingness to prove they have what it takes.”

Courtney McDowell, who studies at Rosshall Academy while also enrolled on the Professional Hospitality course, finished second in the final of Springboard Future Chef 2016.

She claimed the runner-up spot with a main course of salmon with cauliflower puree, pea puree and spinach followed by a dessert of tarte tatin with ice cream parfait, halved pear, puff pastry, and caramel.

“Doing well in competitions makes you want to enter more,” said Courtney. “At the end of the day, I want to be a chef,  so I’m very committed to my course at City of Glasgow College. One day, I would love to be head chef in my own  restaurant in the heart of Glasgow.”

Courtney’s mentor, chef lecturer Andy Cumming, said: “The Future Chef competition gave Courtney an opportunity to  show the skills that she has developed during six months at the College. She has become stronger and more confident as  a result of the three rounds of the competition. I am incredibly proud of her and all that she has achieved.”