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Student Chef Emily Bucknall Has Sat Nav Set For the Top

After a whirlwind 18 months, Loughborough College’s young hotshot chef Emily Bucknall is now embarking on the next step of her professional cookery development after being snapped up by the two star Michelin – Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms.

Emily completed a 3-day stage at the illustrious restaurant and was offered a role on completion after impressing Sat and his experienced team.  She will start at the beginning of September and will be working as a commis chef.

The incredible year and a half began for Emily after her Loughborough team’s against the odds win in the Country Range Student Chef Challenge in March 2016.  This led to her competing at the Culinary Olympics and following the completion of her Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Cookery, she was then awarded a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.

A delighted Emily Bucknall said:

“I’m over the moon and I just can’t believe everything that has happened this past 2 years really.  To now be about to start with one of the biggest names in British food, is beyond my wildest expectations but is an opportunity I’m going to seize with everything I have.”

Emily’s Loughborough Lecturer and mentor Darren Creed commented:

“I’m so proud of Emily and delighted for her.  She arrived at college a shy student who didn’t know much about professional cookery so the transformation has been amazing.  She’s the most dedicated student I have seen who is always looking to improve, help the team and she absorbs everything.   Starting at a 2 Michelin restaurant under the tutelage of the likes of Sat and Head Chef John, there is no limits to how far she can go.” 

With the Country Range Student Chef Challenge back again in its 24th year in 2018, Emily is encouraging more students to get involved to help kick start their careers professional kitchens.

Emily commented:

“For me, it all started with winning the Country Range Student Chef Challenge really.  The win gave me direction, a huge confidence boost and a burning desire to work in the best kitchens with the finest chefs.  The skills learnt, experienced gained and happy memories will stay with me for life so I recommend all budding college chefs to get involved.”

Country Range Student Chef Challenge

One of the most prestigious competitions in the student catering calendar, the Country Range Student Chef Challenge is run in collaboration with the Craft Guild of Chefs and has officially launched for 2018 with the contest now open for lecturers and students to register for an entry pack. 

The Country Range Student Chef Challenge requires teams of three full-time students to plan, cook and present a three-course, three-cover meal that looks sublime, is rich in flavour and most importantly showcases the student’s cooking skills and techniques. 

The 2018 challenge is guaranteed to have some international flair and test the student’s knowledge of world flavours as the theme is ‘Around the World in 3 Spices’.  Chef lecturers and colleges across the UK are being urged to enter and can register their interest by clicking here to receive an entry pack.

Applications need to be submitted by the 30th November 2017 before the paper judging stage. The teams that make it through to the live regional heats will then do battle in the Live Theatre at Hotelympia in London (5-8th March 2018) in front of the country’s leading chefs and operators.

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