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11th February 2016

It’s fantastic news that York College has made it to the final of the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2016 competition! Well done to hospitality students Nicola Simpson, Josh Phillips and Lauren Whittaker who, after getting through the initial paper entry round, succeeded against fierce competition from 36 other college teams in the regional round in Birmingham. They will now compete against the top six teams in the grand final.

Josh PhillipsWEB

In the pressurised regional heat, York College had two hospitality teams in the running. Students attended a master class, hosted by Nestlé Professional Chef Consultant Andrej Prokes, who was joined by Graham Hornigold, Executive Pastry Chef of Hakkasan Group and David Atkinson, Executive Chef of Pennyhill Park Hotel. The Chefs demonstrated a three course menu which the college teams then recreated.

Nicola SimpsonWEB

York College is proud of both of its competing Toque d’Or teams. Being part of the competition can change a student’s career, having experienced the real life assessments that inform, challenge and test them. It is an exciting prospect for the York College team progressing to the final who will showcase their skills, putting the theories of the classroom into practice, under the spotlight of such a high profile competition.

Lauren WhittakerWEB

York College Hospitality tutor, Karen Horsman says: “We are immensely proud of our students.  Working individually and in their teams they produced work of the very highest standard. For the College to get a team through to the final of Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or is very impressive and we will offer them every support as they head to the final.”

Immediately following their success, some of the students from both regional heat teams were whisked away to Seville, with other hospitality, travel & tourism and health & social care students from York College, on an Erasmus+ Project. Whilst in Spain they will participate in placements and visits to top hotels and conference facilities with the Seville Tourism Consortium.

Winning Toque Team at regional heatWEB

On their return, the York College team, made up of two chefs and one front of house student, will compete against City of Glasgow College, Sheffield College, University of Derby, Gloucester College and the University of Birmingham College in the grand final.  Good luck to everyone!

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