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Double Victory for VTCT Hospitality Centres

Congratulations to two VTCT Hospitality centres featured in the Final of UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year.

Milton Keynes College and Penwith College both made it to the final and were working alongside Loughborough College, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and Sheffield College. Sheffield College were the overall 2017 winners.

Andrew Bennett, chair of judges and winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs Banqueting Chef of the Year Award 2000, said: “The standard this year was the highest we have seen in the six year history of the competition.  All teams must be congratulated on the improvements they made following the semi-finals held earlier this year.”

Taking home the prize for second place (sponsored by Koppert Cress), Penwith College in Cornwall also won the award for the Best Pasta Dish, which featured seafood from Scotland. Team member Katie Roberts also took home the Barista Award, which was sponsored by Cafeology.

The award for Best Service went to Loughborough College, whilst North Warwickshire & Hinkley College celebrated its Ignite for Innovation win. Milton Keynes College was also highly praised by the judges, which included grand final guest kitchen judge, Chef Francesco Mazzei, from Satoria and Radici Restaurants in London.

Director of the competition, David McKown said: “I would like to thank all the students, judges and sponsors for making this nationally recognised competition such a fabulous success.”

The UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year 2018 competition opens in December – more details here.

Watch this video to find out more about the competition and what the finalists have to do.

Considering adding more hospitality qualifications? View the full range of VTCT hospitality qualifications here.

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