Following the completion of three highly-competitive semi-final heats where student chefs were tasked with cooking a three-course, three-cover menu around the theme of ‘Around the World in Three Spices’, ten college teams have been revealed as finalists for the prestigious Country Range Student Chef Challenge final.

  • Ayrshire College
  • City of Glasgow College
  • University of Derby
  • East Kent College
  • Highbury College
  • Loughborough College
  • Newbury College
  • North East Scotland College
  • South Eastern Regional College (Downpatrick Campus)
  • Westminster Kingsway College

The successful teams will now head to Hotelympia on Wednesday 7th March for the live final cook off where they will have to once again cook their three-course, three-cover menu in 90 minutes but this time in front of a live exhibition audience at the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event.

The three semi-final heats took place at Loughborough College, Highbury College and the City of Glasgow College on the 1st, 7th and 9th of February with two teams qualifying from each heat. A further four teams with the highest points accumulated also advanced to the final.

This year’s theme proposed many challenges to the student chefs but the skills on show, balance of flavours, teamwork and creativity displayed by the college teams, highlighted by dishes such as curry leaf ice cream, chai-infused chocolate mousse and spiced rum baba to name a few, have helped set up a thrilling finale.

Emma Holden, Organiser of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge, said:

“The standard in the semi-final heats has been incredible with some unbelievable technique, teamwork and dishes on display. A huge congratulations has to go to all the teams who made the final as they each produced three amazing dishes. We look forward to seeing the teams again in March at Hotelympia where they will have to recreate their dishes under ever greater pressure in front of a live exhibition audience.”

Chris Basten, Craft Guild of Chefs Chairman of Judges, commented:

“Well done to the all the teams on fantastic all round performances. The menus devised showcased real imagination and the teams backed this up on the day by showing real composure, skill and plating up some dazzling dishes.”

Now in its 24th year, the annual Country Range Student Chef Challenge has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality college students looking to develop skills and showcase their culinary prowess and creativity. This year’s theme of ‘Around the World in Three Spices’ meant teams had to use a different fresh or ground spice in each of their courses. 

In addition to taking home the much-coveted title, the three victorious students will each win a bespoke set of three Flint & Flame knives, a trip to the 2018 Universal Cookery & Food Festival, Westlands, in September 2018 and they will be treated to one night’s accommodation and dinner at Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons in Kenilworth.

About Country RangeWith 25 years of heritage servicing the UK’s innovative foodservice sector, Country Range is the leading independent foodservice brand and now offers over 850 products, all developed exclusively for professional caterers. Covering grocery, chilled, frozen and non-food, Country Range is widely recognised by caterers as a trusted and reliable brand delivering consistent quality and value for money without compromising on taste and flavour. The brand is developed and produced by the Country Range Group and is distributed exclusively by the 12 independent wholesalers that make up the Group.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:

Business Development Manager- Leeds

You will be predominately be involved in selling apprenticeships to both Levy and SME businesses.

Salary : Up to £25000 per annum

Business Development Consultant

Morgan Hunt are working in partnership with a leading FE College in Wiltshire who are now looking to recruit 2 x Apprenticeship Business Dev...

Salary : Up to £24912 per annum + OTE £35000

Health and Social Care Assessor (Level 5)

KM Recruitment is a specialist UK wide recruiter for the Work Based Learning and Welfare to Work sectors.  

Salary : £25000 - £27000 per annum

Health and Social Care Assessor

This role is being offered on a permanent basis where you will be based from home working remotely with learners and employers in their work...

Salary : Up to £22965 per annum

Health & Social Care Assessor - Woking

This role is being offered on a permanent basis where you will be based from home working remotely with learners and employers in their work...

Salary : Up to £22965 per annum



FE News gives you the latest breaking news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation.

Providing trustworthy and positive news and views since 2003, we publish exclusive peer to peer articles from our feature writers, as well as publishing user content from our network of over 2000 contributors, offering multiple sources of news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also ‘shoot’ video interviews and news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page