Student Chefs Defend Cooking Title in Transatlantic Chef’s Challenge
Student chefs from City of Glasgow College are preparing to return to the United States this week in order to defend their title at the prestigious Atlantic Cup chef’s challenge. Gary Maclean, Senior Chef Lecturer and BBC Masterchef: The Professionals Champion has been coaching the trainee chefs, and will lead them in their attempt of victory in the US. The students lead a promising fight against Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College following their triumphant success at the inaugural Atlantic Cup held at Glasgow College last year.
On July 12th, students – Russell Starkey, Wendy Lo, Anthony Mahon, Kevin McCafferty and Hayley McCook – face their most challenging culinary test yet. Three thousand miles away from home, the students will go head to head during a live cooking challenge against their skilled American opponents. Regarded as one of the best culinary schools in America, the battle against Anne Arundel Community College will truly test the culinary and creative skills of the promising Scottish chefs.
The Atlantic Cup chef’s challenge aims to not only showcase the skills of young Scottish chef’s, but also highlight the strong connection held with Anne Arundel Community College and the launch of the international student exchange programme.
Gary Maclean said: “This competition revolves around a black box, or a mystery basket, of ingredients. In front of a live audience, the students have to use the ingredients to create a three course meal for four people within a specified timeframe.”
“It should be a really fun competition for the students to be involved in and, as much as I want to bring the trophy back, it’s all about enjoying the experience and improving their skills as chefs thanks to our links with Anne Arundel Community College.”
In a letter addressed the five students, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commended the trainee chefs on their transatlantic ambassadorial role for the entire Scottish college sector.
“…delighted that you will be acting as ambassadors not only for City of Glasgow College, but for all of Scotland’s colleges. I am confident that you will all show the skill and creativity which gives our colleges such high international standing.”, said Nicola Sturgeon.