College assists with making master-chefs

A MASTER chef of Great Britain will be among judges at a cooking competition at West Suffolk College on Tuesday.

A Passion To Inspire was created by Murray Chapman, of First Contact Chefs, and John Jackaman, of infusions4chefs, to allow young chefs the chance to meet potential employers, while giving them a platform to show off their skills.

Participants will work in pairs to produce a main course and dessert and have been asked to select a wine to accompany the meal.

Local chefs and restaurateurs have been invited to judge the competition, including Paul Foster, head chef at Tuddenham Mill, Nick Claxton-Webb, head chef at Ickworth Hotel, and Simon Barker, executive head chef overseeing The Angel Hotel.

They will be encouraged to get involved with the students during the competition and actively help with their dishes.

There will be a networking lunch in the afternoon where students can learn more about the judges’ experiences, some of whom have vacancies available for the summer.

Master chef Murray Chapman, whose first commis chef’s position was at The Swan, in Lavenham, will be among Tuesday’s judges.

He said: “It’s an extremely good vehicle where employee meets employer and education and industry can grow together.”

Students from Colchester Institute, Cambridge Regional College and Suffolk New College, in Ipswich, will also take part in the competition.

Two teams from each college will be selected to take part in the finals which will be held in Ipswich next month.

The winning team will have the opportunity to work with Steve Smith at the Michelin- starred Burlington Restaurant in Yorkshire.