Comic Relief National Cook Off

Those who were following the Comic Relief National Cook Off story about our two great apprentices Tom Glasper and Mark Bray, THEY WON!

Comic capers will be the order of the day as competitors take to the kitchen in a test of taste and talent.

Students will take on staff and the heat of competition as Darlington College on Friday, stages a regional cook-off to mark Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and National Apprenticeship Week.

Five teams will have just four hours to prepare and serve a two course meal – either starter and main course or main course and dessert – with a Comic Relief theme.

Catering Apprentices, who are already working in the industry at Seasons restaurants in Richmond Station and Darlington, Roots at East Rounton and Franco’s in Bishop Auckland, will battle it out against teams from Darlington College and the National Apprentice Service.

Expert judges, including chefs Andrew Brown and Rockliffe Hall Head Chef Kenny Atkinson, will assess contestants on their preparation, practices, skills and quality of presentation and taste.

Teams comprise Darlington College students Tom Glasper, Mark Bray, John Hubery, and Daniel Duke, Darlington College Business Development Adviser Danielle Johnson, and Compliance Officer Jon Hall,  National Apprenticeship Service officials Simon Wigington, Chris Seabourne, and Tracey Sibbald.

Darlington College’s sales support officer Jane Wilson said: “This is a great opportunity to mark Comic Relief, increase the profile of the benefits of Apprenticeships and showcase the talent and skills of our students in the pressure of competition.”