Food students ‘cooking on gas’ in national competition

Food students ‘cooking on gas’ in national competition

Hospitality and travel students from Tameside College compete in the semi-finals of prestigious Nestle ‘Toque d’Or’ competition.

Launched in 1989, the annual competition pits students from colleges across the UK against one another in a series of hospitality and catering related challenges. This year’s competition took place virtually, due to Covid restrictions.

Kian McGuiness, Jasmine Miller, Holly Gray, Neama Hashad and Ellie Brown all qualified for the semi-finals.

During the competition, the students were tasked with creating a video on why sustainability in the industry is important and then a sustainable drink, with a jasmine tea base. They then had to advertise and sell their product online. Each student created and then presented their drink via a video link with the judges.

Neama Hashad, former Copley Academy pupil and food and beverage service student at Tameside College, said: “Taking part in the competition has increased my confidence and has developed my knowledge and skills of the industry. I thoroughly enjoyed the competition and was extremely pleased and proud to reach the semi-finals.”

John Holden, hospitality and catering teacher at Tameside College, said: “I would like to congratulate the students on their success in the Nestle Toque d’Or competition, they have done the college proud with their achievement. For five students to reach the semi-finals of a nationwide competition is amazing and they did a great job, creating some new and innovative products. Well done to the team.”

To find out more about hospitality and catering courses at Tameside College, visit the college website.

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