Saffron Walden student chef makes it to live cook-off heats of top competition

16:20 25 January 2014

From left, Yuan Lee, Jenny Polhil and Maria Kovacheva.

From left, Yuan Lee, Jenny Polhil and Maria Kovacheva.

Archant

A student chef will be putting her culinary skills to the test after winning through to the regional heats of a top competition.

Maria Kovacheva, 24, of Horn Brook, Saffron Walden, is one of a team of three Cambridge Regional College (CRC) students shortlisted for the live cook-off heats of the Brakes Student Chef Team Challenge.

She impressed the judges with her carefully chosen dishes for a three-course menu – all proven hits with visitors to the college’s Park restaurant.

Maria and her fellow team members, Jenny Polhil, 19, and Yuan Lee, 18, will each cook one course at the Midlands and East Anglia heat at Stratford on Avon on March 7, one of seven regional heats.

The country’s premier competition for student chefs attracted a record 87 team entries from colleges throughout the UK, with 52 shortlisted for the cook-offs.

Teams will have just under two hours to prepare, cook and serve their three-course menu for four people, judged by a panel of top chefs. The winning team will go through to the finals at Hotelympia 2014 at Excel in London on April 28.

The CRC team will be cooking celeriac apple soup with hog fritters, pan-fried venison with saladaise potatoes and dark chocolate cherry fondant with white chocolate ice cream.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 13:34

A motorcyclist who weaved in and out of traffic at speeds up to 148mph – believed to be the highest ever speed recorded in the UK by a rider carrying a pillion passenger – has today been banned from driving for 15 months.

Yesterday, 12:11
Two people were jailed for the theft of duty free items from Stansted Airport.

Two people have been jailed for six weeks after admitting stealing duty free items from Stansted Airport.

Yesterday, 10:46

Pharmacy opening hours for the Easter bank holiday weekend have been published by health chiefs.

Yesterday, 08:51
Fry Art Gallery Society trustee Tony White and chairman David Oelman.

Tucked away in an unobtrusive passageway in Saffron Walden lies the Fry Art Gallery, home to the most comprehensive collection of north west Essex artists in existence.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Most read stories