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Nottingham student wins Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cook-Off

Nottingham student wins Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cook-Off

Recognising that the hospitality industry needs to support and encourage up and coming young chefs, Heinz Foodservice recently joined forces with the Craft Guild of Chefs, City & Guilds and PACE to run a competition for full-time catering students aged 17-23 in their second year of college or above. The challenge was for students to create menus using Heinz Tomato Ketchup as a key ingredient.

On 13 January the ten finalists, from colleges across the UK, met in Sheffield for the final cook-off. The students had 90 minutes in which to create a starter and main course; one of which had to be a classic with a twist and the other, an original and innovative contemporary dish.

The winner was Yasmin Haywood from New College Nottingham who won £2000 cash and a year’s free membership of the Craft Guild of Chefs. Her college received £1000 towards training facilities, and her lecturer received £100 of Russums vouchers.

Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cook-Off Winner“I entered the competition because I love to experiment with food and this seemed like a wonderful challenge,” said Yasmin. “I could have done with an extra half an hour to get everything in place, but thankfully it all came together at the end.”

Yasmin’s dishes included a trio of tomato dishes for her starter served with tomato bread, and fish and chips with a twist as her main course.

One of the judges was Martin Bates, CEO, The Craft Guild of Chefs. “The presentation and skills on display was of a very good standard and were a testament to the entrants’ lecturers,” commented Martin. “Competitions like this are a great experience for everyone involved and I strongly believe are a great way for students to build confidence.”

Fredrick Kamu, from TVU London, and Katie Jordan, from Loughborough College, were second and third respectively.

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