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5th April 2013


Written by: Admin
OVER eighty gold medals were won at this year’s Wessex Salon Culinaire, which attracted more than 700 entries over four categories – more than double the number at last year’s event.

Almost 150 silver medals were also presented at the event in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs at Brockenhurst College in the New Forest National Park on April 3rd and 4th. This year, there were even more classes to choose from in the four categories - Live Hot, Live Cold, Restaurant and Display - from a British game main course and original hot dessert in the Live Hot section through to cocktails and coffee and napkin folding in the Display. Shaking things up, the annual live culinary competition also featured a mini skillery for the first time, with everything from The ‘Willy Wonka’ Factor of Cress and Gurkha Cookery Masterclass to Creative Fruit and Veg Carving to ‘educate’ students in between their classes. Organiser Stephen Scuffell from the Craft Guild of Chefs said it was fantastic to see so many chefs taking part in the largest competition of its kind in the UK. “The Wessex Salon Culinaire is a brilliant opportunity for chefs to really put their skills to the test, with so many classes open to them,” he said. “There were some truly remarkable entries this year from fledgling chefs that have a great career ahead of them, and some ones to watch out for.” Over the years, the Wessex Salon Culinaire has grown in stature as an especially good platform for student chefs wanting competition experience on a high profile stage. As the event venue for Wessex Salon Culinaire 2013, Brockenhurst is one of the country's top colleges and has been awarded the prestigious Beacon College status for excellence
and innovation in further education and ranked 'outstanding' by Ofsted. The college offers superb facilities and its students achieve excellent results. For more information on the Wessex Salon Culinaire, visit