Hospitality and catering students from Northampton College enjoyed a stellar night at the annual Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.
The glittering gala dinner, held at the Royal & Derngate, celebrated the very best of Northamptonshire producers, pubs, cafes, restaurants and chefs, with the culinary industry coming together to toast their success.
Students from Northampton College helped prepare the three-course menu enjoyed by guests, with teams working throughout the week to create dishes using a host of local ingredients including slow cooked pork belly with a pork and cabbage faggot, fondant potatoes and a local apple and honey puree.
Meanwhile, two former Northampton College students took centre stage by dominating the coveted Young Chef of the Year category.
Tamsin Hamilton-Testrote, who completed her Level 3 course at Northampton College last year and is now studying Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Sheffield University, won the award for her work at Kettering Park Hotel.
She will now enjoy a two-day trip to London to spend a day with top chef Jacob Kenedy at his award-winning restaurant Bocco di Lupo followed by a day at Le Gavroche where she will lunch with Michel Roux Jnr – a prize generously provided by category sponsor Booker.
Fellow Level 3 student and Northampton College alumni Perry Langley, who is now working at Nuovo in Abington Street, was named the runner-up.
Kath Russell, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Catering at Northampton College, said: “It was a wonderful experience for our students to be part of such an amazing night. The food and drink scene in Northamptonshire is thriving and we are providing some top quality young chefs to help push standards even higher.
“It’s great to see Tamsin and Perry get the recognition they so richly deserve. They have both worked extremely hard and have a real flair in the kitchen.
“The current students have had the opportunity to work behind the scenes in the high-pressure environment of a major awards night and that will stand them in good stead for the future. They did brilliantly and helped to create some truly memorable dishes.”
The facilities in the Northampton College kitchens are highly regarded in the catering industry and later this month will play host to the national cook-off in the Bangladesh Caterers Association Curry Chef Awards.