Turkey is traditionally the UK's top Christmas day dinner, but two aspiring student chefs have shown that turkey can be eaten any day of the year, with their exciting dishes ensuring they have both made it through to the prestigious British Poultry Student Chef of the Year final.
Siven Jr Pilley and Jane Bryan Brown, hospitality and catering students at New City College Hackney campus competed against other chefs from across the UK for a place in the student chef final, which will be held at University College Birmingham on Thursday 30 May.
Jeff Mason, Chef Lecturer at New City College, Hackney campus said:
The British Poultry Student Chef competition is a great event. It's a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about this underused meat and develop their skills. The taste and versatility of turkey has allowed Jane and Siven to use their imagination and talent to create a dish worthy of winning. We're all really looking forward to taking part in the final
Over 20 colleges were invited to take part in the competition to create a starter and/or a main course dish using British turkey meat. The final will see eight students from various catering colleges across the UK competing to win.
The winning dishes will be recreated at the annual British Poultry Awards ceremony held at The Sheraton Park Lane on 19th September 2019.
The judging panel includes James Dugan, Executive Chef at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel and Clay Burrows, MD of sponsors Aviagen Turkeys who is looking for dishes with originality and innovation to demonstrate that turkey is a great all-round meat.
Clay Burrows, MD of competition sponsors Aviagen Turkeys said:
We're once again delighted to be the supporting this great competition. The standard of entries improves year on year, showing just how tasty and versatile turkey is and how it lends itself to a wide range of dishes and cooking techniques from the traditional to more modern.
The winner (Best Starter or Best Main Course) will receive £200 worth of CCS catering vouchers, whilst their college receives £300 of CCS vouchers. The lucky winner will also receive the opportunity to attend The British Poultry Awards at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel to see their dish served to over 300 guests and VIPs from the British Poultry and related industries.