Transport for Wales chooses student dishes from Cardiff and Vale College for their new first-class rail menu – FE News

Three hospitality and catering students from Cardiff and Vale College have won a Transport for Wales Magnificent Menu competition to create dishes for its new Blas menu for first class carriages on its trains.

A group of students had the opportunity to take an educational trip on a TfW train to see first-hand the challenges of à la carte cooking while traveling by train. The experience helped them ensure that the dishes they offered could be prepared on the go.

The final competition took place at CAVC’s The Classroom restaurant, students were paired with six TfW chefs and the dishes were reviewed by a panel of eight judges, including TfW chief executive James Price, CAVC group director , Kay Martin, and First Class Service Premier Host, Cheryl Peters.

After having to make tough decisions, the jury picked three winners: Callum Paterson for his starter of mussels with bacon and cockles, Louis Rochon for a main course of Welsh croup of lamb with Hasselback potatoes and the lemon dessert. and Poppy Sponge by Jack Mathews.

The winning dishes will feature in TfW’s promotional literature when the menu launches later this year, and the three winners will get to work with their chef partner to cook a meal for a relative, friend or guardian and the competition judges. aboard a train. .

Cardiff and Vale College Group Director Kay Martin said: “Congratulations to Callum, Louis and Jack – it was a really tough decision. And thank you to Transport for Wales for providing such a great industry experience.

“At CAVC, we aim to provide our students with real-life, not just realistic, experiences, and this hospitality and dining challenge in a high-pressure transportation environment will be invaluable insight for all who participate.”

Kate McIntyre, Service Quality and Experience Manager at Transport for Wales, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cardiff and Vale College on the relaunch of our menu and the standard of food produced throughout the competition was incredibly high.

“Our aim is to offer passengers a wide variety of local food and produce and the winning starters will be a fantastic addition to the new menu.

“We would like to once again congratulate the winners and warmly thank everyone who participated.”

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