Hospitality and Catering students at Coleg Llandrillo recently got the chance to replicate the biggest selling fish dish from a multi award-winning restaurant's menu, under the watchful eyes of its head chef!

The day's events kicked-off with a masterclass from Dylan's Restaurant head chef Jason Axford, who created the eatery's biggest selling fish dish, before officially starting a competition between teams of students to recreate the dish.

Jason, who is based at the Menai Bridge restaurant, and was joined by Dylan's human resources manager Colette Arnott, produced a herb and parmesan-crusted hake fillet, served with creamy mustard leeks, roasted new potatoes and chive oil.

After a thrilling competition, Professional Culinary students Olivia Davies from Abergele and Rhys Yates from Old Colwyn were announced as the team with the best dish, winning a selection of meal vouchers for Dylan's Restaurants.

The competition was followed by a presentation on employment opportunities within the hospitality industry, and Dylan's in particular. Dylan's has restaurants in Criccieth, Menai Bridge and Llandudno.

Coleg Llandrillo Hospitality and Catering tutor Brian Hansen said:

Many thanks to Jason and Collette for the excellent presentation, fish demonstrations and also judging the competition today. The students all thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Olivia and Rhys, who will be dining out at the restaurant in the very near future.

Some of our students have already mentioned that they are interested in working part-time at one of the restaurants, which they will fit around their college commitments. Linking with industry professionals is an important part of the students' training and we value the support and commitment from the inspirational team at Dylan's.

The college was recently awarded an 'excellent' by Estyn for its Hospitality and Catering provision.

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