The medals keep coming for Edinburgh College Professional Cookery students

Hope, Jamal, and Jorge

Three Professional Cookery students have shown they can handle the heat of the kitchen after picking up medals at a national competition just four weeks into their new course.

SVQ Professional Cookery students Jamal Abdul Mora, Hope Tasara, and Jorge Rodriquez Grana won gold, silver and bronze respectively at the recent Major Series competition held in Paisley.

As a gold winner, Jamal (33) will now head to the Major Series national final taking place in London next year, where he will represent Scotland. To get there, Jamal wowed the judges with his chicken roulade served with mushroom jus.

Originally from Spain, Jamal came to College to improve his knowledge of Scottish cookery as well as his English language speaking skills to fulfil his ambition of becoming a chef.

He said: It’s an amazing feeling to have won a gold medal at the Major Competition. It was great working under the pressure of the competition, I had really good fun and managed to focus on my dish.

“Now I can’t wait to go to London to compete in the final, hopefully I can do a good job of the dish and win a medal.”

Jamal’s classmate, Hope (39), won a silver medal in the street food category – she was tasked with preparing chicken fillets with a pak choi salad. Fellow student, Jorge (25) claimed third place in the pasta challenge. Fresh pasta was something Jorge had never made prior to the Major competition, demonstrating how incredible an achievement claiming his bronze medal is.

Lecturer Jack Evans said: “Well done to Jamal, Hope and Jorge – they’ve shown an amazing level of enthusiasm, determination and talent in the short time they have been at the College and they fully deserve their medals.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how Jamal performs on the national stage when he goes to London next year – we wish him the best of luck.”

Congratulations to all of our students.