Josh’s Apprentices cook to victory

THE Annual Business Kitchen Challenge 2022 winners scooped £500 at an awards ceremony at the Guernsey Institute.

Guernsey Institute students who took part in the Business Kitchen Challenge 2022 gathered at the Les Ozouets campus to find out which team had won. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 30931951)
Guernsey Institute students who took part in the Business Kitchen Challenge 2022 gathered at the Les Ozouets campus to find out which team had won. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 30931951)

Three teams took part in the SPF-sponsored event, for which second year Btec Level 3 business students cook a two-course meal for a panel of judges.

As well as their cooking ability, teams were judged on their business skills, including efficiency of teamwork, professionalism in the kitchen, skills as a team leader and taking individual responsibility.

The winning team was Josh’s Apprentices. SPF managing director Pierre Blampied said it had been an unanimous decision to award them top place. They received £500 to share.

‘We all enjoyed doing the cooking,’ said team leader Josh Simpson, who thanked the sponsor.

‘It started with the preparation planning and allocating job roles for each section.

‘When it came to the day, if any of the team members needed help, I tried to step in as much as possible.’

Mr Simpson said he had watched his father, who runs the Auberge du Val, cook over the years and had picked a couple of dishes that he did his best to recreate.

‘This year has seen the highest standards ever,’ said Mr Blampied. ‘It’s also the first year that every team that entered won a prize. We enjoy doing it and will carry on doing it next year.

‘Hopefully, the students enjoy the day. It’s good work experience for them – it’s not just the end result, it’s about somebody taking the lead and working together as a team.’

The second-placed team, Mario Tagliatelle, won £100, and third-placed Burgerville received a £75 voucher for the Red Group, donated by owner David Matheson.

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