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Doncaster College’s culinary master picks up top award

David Webb, 19, a catering student at Doncaster college, which runs a range of hospitality and catering based courses at varying levels, has picked up the North West Commis Chef of the Year award at Manchester College’s Association of Culinaire Francaise competition.

To please a strict panel of judges, the rising star was given just two and a half hours to cook and prepare a three-way chicken dish and a Minestrone soup "with a difference".

"It feels great to have won the competition, I can’t quite believe it. There were a lot of good people competing in the competition but my dishes were slightly different to everyone else’s so I’m really happy," he said.

Mr Webb also recently undertook a successful work experience stint at The Ritz Hotel, where he was described as "one of the best" by managers.

While working in the hotel’s kitchens, preparing food with the bakery team, the talented learner impressed staff so much that he was even offered a job there, but decided against it.

He reasoned: "I’m not going to go to work at The Ritz. It was a great opportunity for me but it’s too far away and I already work in a top restaurant in Winteringham so that’s where I’m going to stay."

(Pictured: Catering Student David Webb, winner of North West Commis Chef of the Year award)

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