Joe cooks up a storm in college catering competition

Joe Bowman.
Joe Bowman.

Professional cookery students at Lancaster & Morecambe College competed in the department’s annual Masterchef competition, held in the college’s Coulson’s restaurant.

The contestants had three hours to create a two course meal from a provided list of ingredients in the LMC professional kitchens.

Joe's winning meal.

Joe's winning meal.

The finished dishes were the presented to the judging panel; LMC governors Vivien White and Ainsley Cheetham, Pam Baxter of the Smithy Inn and Jane Etherington, newly appointed LMC programme area manager for Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

First place went to Joe Bowman, who works at Lancaster Golf Club, for his menu of panfried pork loin steak, sweet potato risotto, buttered spinach and butternut crisp followed by chocolate tortellini with toasted hazelnuts and orange sabayon.

Full-time professional cookery student Stacey Bouche-Carter was placed second with her menu of roast pork loin with sweet potato, carrot and spinach rosti served with a red wine jus followed by chocolate and caramel mousse with caramel sauce and ginger shortbreads.

In third place was Johnny Hodgson from the New Holly with his menu of sticky pork loin with butternut risotto and salt baked beetroot followed by mixed berry and chocolate parfait with a berry coulis. The winners were presented with cookery books, chef’s whites and equipment.

Speaking about the competition, Head of Faculty Karen Pecsveradi said “This competition is always a highlight of the college calendar, with the students taking the competition very seriously, setting their own standards high and working diligently to achieve them.

The atmosphere in the kitchens was tense, but all the competitors managed their timings well and produced food of a professional standard in both taste and presentation. In a strong field Joe was a deserving winner who should be very proud.”

Winner Joe said: “I really enjoyed entering the competition and being able to design the menu I won with. I have loved my course at LMC and it has really helped me improve my kitchen skills.”