Professional Cookery learners through to Regional Final of Nestlé Toque D’or

VRQ Level 2 Professional Cookery learners from the Grimsby Institute were excited to receive the news that they have been chosen to compete at the Regional Final of the Nestlé Toque D’or competition.

The Toque d’Or is a prestigious and unusual competition for the catering industry, in which learners have to form a team of chefs and front of house staff to create and run their own restaurant.

Frankie Helm, Tom Peace and Dan Parkes have all been chosen to attend the regional finals where they will be competing against trainee chefs from across the region for a place in the Grand Final in London.

Frankie. 19, said: “We’re going to have to do a front and back-of-house masterclass and then we’ll go on to cook and serve food to 8 covers, reproducing what we have been taught earlier in the day, with two of us in the kitchen and one of us out front.”

Tom, 17, added: “It feels really good to have been chosen because it’s a very big competition and some famous chefs have won it in the past.”

George Vezza, managing director at Nestlé Professional, said: “The Hospitality industry needs young people; they are the lifeblood of the Industry.

“This is why competitions like Toque d’Or are so important in nurturing talent for the future. More students than ever are recognising the opportunities Toque d’Or opens up for them and, based on the standard of entries we’ve received, this year’s judges will certainly have their work cut out.

“We’re particularly excited about the theme of this year’s competition, as Nutrition, Health and Wellness is such a key topic in the Hospitality Industry. As a company, it’s something we take very seriously and we’re proud that this year’s contestants will gain valuable knowledge in this area as they embark on their careers.”