Several young student chefs from Coleg Llandrillo are celebrating after claiming a title, medals and runners-up prizes at one of the UK's top culinary competitions.
21-year-old Seb Wuster from Menai Bridge scooped the gold medal and the title of 'North West Commis Chef of the Year 2018', in the contest which has been organised by Association Culinaire Francaise for over 40 years.
Seb beat off stiff competition from the other finalists from colleges across the whole of the north west region - including Blackpool, Manchester and Lancaster - after creating two dishes of "an exceptional standard": Potage Paysanne and Salmon Coulibiac.
Fellow Coleg Llandrillo Hospitality and Catering student, 19-year-old Lowri Jones from Caernarfon, scooped the bronze medal in the 'North West Commis Pastry Chef of the Year 2018' competition for her baked confections. Lowri produced a Gateau MacMahon and Raspberry Eclairs within the three-hour allotted timescale.
The esteemed competitions were held at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus after victorious Coleg Llandrillo student, Sarah Davies from Llandudno, claimed the title of 'North West Commis Chef of the Year' at Buxton and Leek College last year.
As well as the two main competitions, there were also, for the first time, a range of front of house competitions within the Restaurant Skills Challenge category. Coleg Llandrillo students Glyn McShane from Prestatyn (Flambé Work and Napkin Folding), Josh Price from Rhos-on-Sea (Speciality Coffee Making) and Cameron Walsh from Old Colwyn (Themed Table Setting) were all awarded runner-up certificates.
Seb, who is studying on the VRQ Level 3 Professional Cookery course, said:
I am really happy to have won the competition. I felt relatively under control throughout the final, and really enjoyed the challenge against the best young chefs in the region. The standard of competition was outstanding.
Teenager Lowri added:
It went really well and I am delighted to have achieved my goal of winning a medal. I really enjoyed pitting my skills against my peers.
She is studying on the Level 3 Patisserie and Confection course.
Coleg Llandrillo Hospitality and Catering tutor Mike Evans, who is also the manager of the Wales national junior culinary team, said:
The fact that Seb and Lowri won gold and bronze medals is a testament to all their hard work and preparation in the weeks leading up to the competition. They are a credit to the college and I am sure that they both have exciting futures ahead of them.
Sue Kenyon, President of Association Culinaire Francaise, said:
The students produced work of an excellent standard during the day's competitions. They give the students the chance to show off their skills, as well as developing their confidence levels. They are all rising stars in my book.
For more information on Hospitality and Catering courses at Coleg Llandrillo, contact the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.