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​Students cook up a storm in prestigious competition


Catering students from Hopwood Hall College tasted success as they earned a place in the national finals of the prestigious Country Range Student Chef Challenge.

Marcus Carter-Strutt, Lucinda Lageard and Kyle Rosebury blew judges away, winning the regional heat held at the City of Liverpool College.

The Professional Cookery students were tasked with creating and cooking a three-course, three-cover menu around the ‘Healthy Gourmet Fine Dining’ theme.

To really put the student’s culinary guile to the test, the entire challenge had to be completed in just 90 minutes.


Pictured: Country Range official stands alongside Lucinda Lageard (L), Marcus Carter-Strutt (C) and Kyle Rosebury (R)

All three will now go on to the grand final at ScotHot on the 15th March; the biggest food, drink, hospitality and tourism trade show in Scotland.

Lucinda described her surprise and pride in making the finals:

“To be honest we were a bit shocked to have won, we weren’t expecting to have done so well. I think we were just over-thinking too much after we had been judged.

“But I’m really proud of our achievements now we have won, the experience was amazing and something I can definitely use to my advantage when building a career in catering post-college.”


Lucinda, Marcus and Kyle all study at Hopwood Hall’s Riverside Restaurant, an award winning eatery in Rochdale where all the catering and hospitality staff are catering students managed by their lecturers.

Sam Everett, Head Chef at the Riverside Restaurant, attended the competition with the trio,

“They did a fabulous job, they really did. To win a regional competition is massive and everyone at the college is really proud of them.

“It’s funny because after being judged they were all really downbeat believing they had messed up a few details. I told them they did well and tried their best, but then when the results were announced I learned they had really knocked it out of the park!

“The win will be a great boost for their confidence. All three are a great example of the high level all our catering students operate at daily in the Riverside Restaurant and hopefully they can go on and do just as well at ScotHot.”


Sam Everett (R) pictured with the three winners and their winner’s certificates