A team of Edinburgh College students showed they can handle the heat of the kitchen after winning 18 medals at Scotland’s largest food, drink, hospitality and tourism showcase.
Twenty-nine students and two members of staff travelled to Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus to compete at ScotHot – testing their skills in timed conditions against peers and industry-based chefs from across the country.
Seventeen-year-old Shannon McNeil represented the College in the Scottish Young Chef of the Year where she won Bronze. Shannon and her commis chef Amy French also won Best Hygienic Working Practices of the competition and will be awarded a trophy by hygiene specialist Holchem laboratories Ltd.
Shannon competed against apprentice chefs from across Scotland and created a three-course menu plus one amuse bouche for four covers in three hours.
Students also picked up medals in a range of challenges including Street Food, Knife Skills, Fish Dish and Cake Decorating, among others – demonstrating the pipeline of talent learning at the College’s Eh15 and Apprentice training restaurants.
College staff members also picked up medals on the day. Kellyanne Cockburn claimed Gold in the Novelty Cakes challenge while Claire Schirsinger won a silver medal in Decorated Cupcakes.
In addition, College students won seven Merit awards and five Participation awards to round off a fantastic performance.
Professional Cookery curriculum leader Steph Tanner said: “I’m so proud of our students and staff who competed at ScotHot – they all worked incredibly hard and showed just how talented they are.
“It’s amazing to watch them work in these conditions as it allows them to experience the added pressure of competition as well as giving them the opportunity to receive feedback on their cooking which can only benefit them in the future.”
The following students collected medals and or certificates in their respective challenges. Huge congratulations to them all.
Justin Jones – Bronze Medal
Ruairidh Harte – Bronze Medal
Luke Gibson – Bronze Medal
Saman Ghafour – Participation Award
Alisha Kerr – Participation Award
Sustainable Fish Dish
Luke Gibson – Certificate of Merit
Justin Jones – Participation Award
Jacob Skrzynski – Participation Award
Sophie Taylor – Silver Medal Best in Class
Agnes Kincses – Certificate of Merit
Mateusz Harlos – Certificate of Merit
Nikki Burns – Bronze Medal
Alex Hume – Participation Award
Agnes Kincses – Bronze Medal
Alex Hume – Bronze Medal
Mary Nielle Macalanda – Bronze Medal
Anderson Da Silva Rodrigues – Bronze Medal
Ashleigh Ross – Gold Medal
Islay Coppola – Silver Medal
Kirsty Gibertson – Bronze Medal
Khadijah Khurran – Bronze Medal
Styliana Dimitrova – Bronze Medal
Beth Hayward – Certificate of Merit
Marialuisa Iannone – Certificate of Merit
Nicole Mitchell – Certificate of Merit
Lydia Vukota – Certificate of Merit
Works in chocolate
Daniel Hamilton – Silver Medal