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24 students took part in a local MasterChef competition held at University of Brighton’s culinary arts studio last month.

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The Level 1 and 2 Hospitality & Catering students from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part in the two-day competition on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June at the Eastbourne based campus.

12 students competed on the first day, followed by the second half of the group on Wednesday.

On both days, the competition started at 9:30am and briefed the students on the format of the competition and the set-menu that they would have to cook.

To spice things up, the 12 students were split into groups of two and three to compete for the accolade of producing the best dish, but also the individual prize of top chef. By 2:30pm the groups had cooked three courses for an audience of 17 people and presented their dishes to a panel of three judges.

The teams cooked dished inspired by food from around the world, but it was Banoffee tart with blueberry ice cream that stole the show. Budding-chefs Emily Donaldson-Antelo and Kerry Marsh on day one, and Ben Cervi and Ryan Crouch on day two, wowed the judges with their dessert and won the best dish award for their efforts.

David Walker impressed with his culinary skills and teamwork on day 1, and Ashleigh Beeney was an inspiring leader on day 2, to both win best individual performance.

Local schools and colleges from across West and East Sussex were invited to the event organised by University of Brighton. The event is designed to boost confidence and aspirations of young people to open up opportunities in further and higher education they may not have considered or thought possible.

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