An aspiring young trainee chef is celebrating after winning a prestigious cookery competition, which has seen him crowned the British Poultry Council Student Chef of the Year 2019.
Siven Jr Pillay 19 showed he could withstand the heat of the competitive kitchen by wowing the judging panel with his winning starter dish of turkey and ham hock terrine, apple and beetroot chutney, smoked apple mustard, turkey scratching, sweet pickled onions, tarragon oil and apple crisp.
He saw off competition from eight other culinary colleges and universities at the final in Birmingham and his reward is to recreate his winning dish for 300 people attending the British Poultry Awards ceremony later this year, which will take place at the London Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.
Speaking about Siven's win, Sharon Sullivan, Group Curriculum Director, Hospitality and Catering at New City College said:
This is a wonderful success and we are all so proud of Siven! He has shown tremendous culinary skill and flair and demonstrated he can handle the pressure that comes with creating dishes at top competitions. It will prepare him well for working in a commercial restaurant kitchen.
Siven, who is studying professional cookery at New City College's Hackney campus, will also take up a full-time position as a chef de partie at the college's new commercial restaurant and cafe OKN1, opening in Hoxton later this month.
A delighted and excited Siven said:
It was amazing to win the competition and the pressure was intense to do my best and create great dishes. I'm excited to be starting in the new restaurant as a chef de partie and can't thank the college enough for what it has done to help train and prepare me for a career in the hospitality industry.