Top prizes in turkey cook-off

Student chefs from Colchester Institute and Westminster Kingsway College impressed judges to take top honours at this year’s British Turkey Student Chef of the Year cook-off.

Antonia Morosi and Laura Hogger from Westminster Kingsway worked together on their winning starter – Thai style turkey kofta with crunchy turkey crackling, crisp green papaya salad with honey yogurt and deep fried tortellini.

And Kathryn Bash from Colchester Institute impressed with her main course of stuffed and rolled turkey breast served with a honey parsnip puree and a turkey quail scotch egg.

The competition, organised by British Turkey, asked students to devise a starter and main course using turkey leg and breast respectively, following a talk and cookery demonstration by chef Tony Robertson.

The winners will now have the opportunity to cook their dishes at The British Turkey Awards dinner for 250 guests at The Savoy, London in September, and will also receive catering vouchers worth £350.

The judging panel included executive sous chef at The Savoy Michael Stenekes, Sheila Eggleston from Stockpot magazine and consultant chef Tony Robertson, along with Jeremy Hall from Bernard Matthews and Richard Hutchinson from Aviagen.

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