“ A Passion to Inspire “ winners 2015 – Colchester Institute – Congratulations

“ A Passion to Inspire “ winners 2015 – Colchester Institute – Congratulations

“ A Passion to Inspire “ winners 2015 – Colchester Institute – Congratulations

A Massive Thank YOU to all the support Passion has received this year – Partners – Employers – Colleges – Producers – Chefs 

Fantastic Hospitality from all at West Suffolk College – The Final  2016 at The College of West Anglia 

Great pictures from Danny Hewitt www.dmhewitt.com – Click on this link to see all the pictures http://we.tl/G24EBll0Qh

Be Passionate and Inspired !


Friday 12th June

Immediate Release

Students, Chefs, Producers, Employers and Suppliers come together in an all-round test of food and service skills in competition final 2015

The kitchens and restaurant at  Edmunds – West Suffolk College were the venue for The Grand Final of “A Passion to Inspire” this week, with Colchester Institute winning outright in a tough competition between five student teams from the East of England.

The heats and final of “A Passion to Inspire” stand out from other hospitality and catering skills competitions because of their focus on every aspect of the process, from students’ knowledge of produce, to designing and costing their menus, and exceptional front of house presentation and service of food and drink.

The competition also seeks to bring added benefits to the participating students and colleges by creating new links between professional chefs, suppliers of local produce and further education – and giving the chance for all students to have a go and be inspired 

To reach the final on Tuesday 9th June, the teams of three students from Five colleges (Cambridge Regional College, City College Norwich, Colchester Institute and West Suffolk College and The College West Anglia) had to come through an earlier round of heats, with over 90 students being involved and inspired.

The student teams were each made up of two chefs and one front of house member. Prior to the final, each student team was paired with a top local chef as their mentor for the final.

The chef mentors were: Chris (Buzz) Busby (City College Norwich ); Matt Willby Executive Chef The Royal Hospital School, Ian Rhodes, General Manager and Executive Chef of Le Talbooth Restaurant (Colchester Institute); Stuart Ascott, Chef at The Leaping Hare (West Suffolk College); Alan Paton- Executive Chef Stoke By Nayland Hotel (Cambridge Regional College) and Sam Bryant, Head Chef Dabbling Duck (The College of West Anglia) 

For the final, each team had just 2 hours Preparation time followed by an hour of service in which to produce a three course meal for four covers. The students were challenged to come up with their own creative and personal dishes, with the same set of ingredients to work from.

The competition judges  –  Shara Ross (Director and General Manager of Hotel Felix), Paul Foster (Head Chef of Mallory Court), Nick Mills (Managing Director of Brasteds) Mark Poynton (Chef Patron of Restaurant Alimentum) , Eric Snaith ( Head Chef of Titchwell Manor ) and Nick Claxton Webb ( Head Chef of Congham Hall )  – scored the students on all aspects of the preparation and service of their dishes, from working methods and hygiene, to seasonality and flavour of the dishes, to the students’ timing and presentation at the table.   

Following a high quality demonstration of skills and knowledge from all of the finalists, Colchester Institute team of Charlie Dorney, Amy Plumb and Sophie Miller were announced as the worthy winners of “A Passion to Inspire” 2015. 

Colchester Institute’s winning Dishes were 

Pan fried Norfolk Quail – sweet corn puree (Carved at the table by Sophie), 

Pinot noir, France

 Ballotine of skate with a fennel and salmon Mousse, cucumber beurre blanc 

Chardonnay, Les Mougeottes,France and 

Dessert Iced strawberries, white chocolate parfait 

Moscatod’Asti Moncucco, Italy

The three winning students were presented with a commemorative Steelite International  plate and places to attend the prestigious Skills for Chefs annual conference, , a tasting menu at Michelin star Restaurant Alimentum, Farm Visits at Norfolk Quail and Dingley Dell Farm, gift vouchers from Anglian Free Range Eggs , a two night stay – stage and dinner at 3 AA Rosette Titchwell Manor and a Fantastic day at Infusions4chefs development Kitchen Ice with Master Chefs Jeremy Medley and Paul Boorman

All of the finalists received membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Steelite plates, and Personalised Jackets and Aprons from Richard at  Russums, and finalist certificates

“A Passion to Inspire” 2015 was supported by Great Partners– Alimentum Restaurant, Anglian Free Range Eggs, Anglia Produce,  BPEX, Callebaut Chocolate, CK Meats , Craft Guild of Chefs,  Dingley Dell Pork , Direct Meats, Freedom Food, Gourmet Classic, Infusions4Chefs ,Loch Duart Salmon, Marr Fish,  Master Chefs of Great Britain, Norfolk Quail , Russums, Steelite International , Skills for Chefs , Titchwell Manor

Mike Mulvihill – Director of Domestic Services- West Suffolk College- “It was a great privilege to be a part of “A Passion to Inspire” and being able to share the experience with other colleges.  Not only are the students taking part inspired by the event but also the Commis chefs who assisted.  For me, this is what it’s all about, an on-going legacy leaving everyone inspired and just not a one-off.  The beauty of “A Passion to Inspire” is that is like a wave, it keeps coming back and supporting the students throughout the year.  A lot of hard work from all involved and all should be justly proud.”

Mark Poynton – Owner/ Chef – Alimentum Restaurant – 1 Michelin Star – “ It was a pleasure to see such talent on show At West Suffolk College- both in the Kitchen and Service – Great work done by all – the future is looking bright “ 

Shara Ross – Director and General Manager – Hotel Felix –  “ The young Hospitality students of our regional colleges make the job of judging the Passion to Inspire final harder and harder each year – the standard of cooking and service just keeps getting better! Such a pleasure seeing 5 teams of young people at the start of their career in this wonderfully exciting and varied industry “

Murray Chapman – “ A Passion to Inspire “ – “ A  big thank you to all at West Suffolk College for their fantastic Hospitality – it is Great to see all these colleges and students coming together and being supported by local producers, suppliers and employers – it gives you faith that these young people have a chance of succeeding in our industry – supporting the future of tomorrow Today !! “

Ends: – For further information on the competition  – “A Passion to Inspire” or pictures in high res contact – murray@firstcontactuk.com or call 0114 2458696

Attached image shows:

Passion Winners 2015.jpgSmoking THe Norfolk Quail.jpgJelly & Ice cream West Suffolk College.jpgStarter- College of West Anglia.jpgAll Dishes from the left and up City College Norwich, West Suffolk College, Cambridge Regional College, Colchester institute , The College of West Anglia.jpg

The winning Colchester Institute Team Back row – Mark Poynton – Alimentum Restaurant / Eric Snaith – Titchwell Manor / Paul Foster – Mallory Court / Nick Claxton Webb – Congham Hall , Middle Row – Charlie Dorney, Amy Plumb, Sophie Miller ( Colchester Institute ) Shara Ross – Hotel Felix / Nick Mills – Brasteds , Front – Murray Chapman



Murray Chapman MCGB Master CGC



Tel:  0114 2458696

Email: Murray@firstcontactuk.com
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Twitter : @passion2inspire


Don’t forget to book your place for Skills for Chefs on 1st & 2nd  July – featuring Cyrus Todiwala – Daniel Clifford – Adam Smith – Matt Gillan – Rupert Rowley  – Mick Burke and many more Skills for Chefs 2015
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