Barnsley College’s Senior Management Team rose to the Junior Masterchef challenge by putting on chef whites to cook in the student led restaurant, The Open Kitchen.

Staff had to prepare, cook and serve four traditional dishes including Beer Battered Plaice, Trio of Sausages, The Open Kitchen Burger and Chick Pea, Spinach and Butternut Squash Bhuna. The food was made under the watchful eye of students in industry standard kitchens at the college, where customers had the opportunity to critique and provide feedback.

The winner of round one was Tony Johnson, Vice Principal for Corporate Services at Barnsley College, who displayed great aptitude in the kitchen and produced consistently high quality food. Chefs and students unanimously voted on Tony’s ability and energy within the kitchen.

Customer Charlotte Armstrong, 23, said: “I was eager to visit the college’s kitchens and test out the food produced by the Senior Management Team. I fully enjoyed Beer Battered Plaice, and would certainly recommend visiting the restaurant.”

Phil Briscoe, Vice Principal for Quality and Student Experience at Barnsley College, added: “It was exciting and a lot of fun to make the dishes. The event was fantastic and I now have a better understanding of the pressure our Catering students feel on a regular basis. I will take home a lot of skills that I can use in the future.”

There is still time to book a table for the Junior Masterchef challenge on Wednesday 17 January 2018, featuring Yiannis Koursis, Deputy Principal, and Wednesday 18 April 2018, featuring Liz Leek, Vice Principal of Curriculum. To book a table call The Open Kitchen +44 (0)1226 216 365.

Last updated: 30th November 2017

Originally posted on: 30th November 2017

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