Winners of the final heat of the Major Series are Westminster Kingsway College students Antonia Morosi, who won gold and best of class, and Megan O’Mahoney, who won gold in the live chicken class.
Each year Major International and the Craft Guild of Chefs organise the prestigious Major Series, now in its tenth year. This national competition is open to junior and senior chefs of varying skill levels from any type of outlet and takes place throughout the year at venues across the country.
A host of live and static display classes are held including pastry and restaurant skills, as well as the hot live Culinary Challenge, which allows 50 minutes to prepare and cook two individual chicken dishes.
The last heat of this year’s competition having just taken place at Westminster Kingsway College saw many students having their first taste of competition.
David Bryant, Major International’s managing director explains: “I cannot believe that it has been ten years since I sat down with the Craft Guild of Chefs to formalise the event, over the years the competition has grown from strength to strength. Today it is seen as one of the UK’s premier competitions. It was great to see so many young people experiencing the thrill of the Series. The primary aim of this competition has always been to nurture talent as well as culinary excellence.”
Major International’s executive development chef, Brian Eastment commented: “The presentation and the combination of flavours achieved by some of the students was of a very high standard. Some of the dishes wouldn’t be out of place on a fine dining menu in a high class hotel or restaurant. The students should be very proud with what they achieved on the day.”
With all the heats now completed for this year, eight finalists of the Major Culinary Challenge will now compete at Hospitality 2013 for the chance to be crowned overall champion of the Major Culinary Challenge.
Scott Lucas, chef trainer and lecturer at South Bristol Skills Academy who is on the judging panel comments: “Feedback from the judges is about helping rather than knocking an individual, we all want the skills level in the UK to improve and make us better all the time. With people like Major International taking the time, money and effort to help people entering the industry it is a great opportunity for students to hone their skills being gathered at college from some very dedicated teaching staff.”
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our judges and colleges that have taken part this year making it one of the most successful Major Series ever.