Trafford College’s Aspire restaurant has qualified for the national heats of the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2018.
The national competition, set in two locations across four days, will consist of a master class from both front and back of house industry experts, at which students will be shown a three course meal, wine and service. The team will then be challenged to replicate the meal, producing ten covers as part of a lunch service to guests of Nestle Professional. The six highest scoring teams will progress to the Grand Finals.
Toque d’Or has gained recognition from the industry and education alike, evolving from a pioneering cookery contest into one of the UK’s most influential training and development initiatives.
Throughout the years, Toque d’Or has used real life challenges to showcase the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer and inspire the next generation of talent. It is this passion and commitment towards hospitality excellence that makes Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or so unique.
This year’s competition celebrates its 30th birthday. To make the national heats, Trafford College students Samantha Curran, Alex Finn and Mathew Jackson had to produce a dish around this year’s theme ‘Good Food, Good Life’. Furthermore, the students had to create a two-minute video presenting the finished dish while explaining to the judging panel why they wanted to be part of Toque d’Or’s 30th Anniversary.
From more than 50 applications, the judging panel decided Trafford College students worthy of making the national heats. The two-day competition takes place in February where students will compete against 23 other catering college for a place in the Grand Final.