A 22 year old student from the Waterside is entering the world of competitive cooking this week, representing North West Regional College as the Northern Ireland entrant in the WorldSkills UK Culinary Arts Regional Heats due to be held in University College Birmingham.
Kim Murray, a student on the Professional Chefs Diploma has been selected to participate in the one day high pressured competition which is aimed at finding the UK’s best young chef to compete at WorldSkills 2015 in Brazil.
While her fellow students have been winding down from their studies, Kim has been putting in extra hours and preparing for the tough challenge with the support of lecturers at North West Regional College’s School for Hospitality and Catering, who have showcased at the UK Skills Show for the past two years. Douglas Walker, Chef lecturer explained, “The standard is so high at this level, with the finest trainees from across the country participating. Kim is a talented and accomplished young chef and we have every confidence that she will do herself and us proud at the event.”
In a competition environment Kim will have four and a half hours to prepare four portions each of an exquisite three course menu, including a fish entrée, a chicken main course and the notoriously tough chocolate soufflé for dessert. Each aspect of the challenge will be meticulously scrutinised by the judging panel, who will review portion size, preparation methods, cooking techniques and of course the presentation of the dishes as well as the taste of the menu.
If Kim places well in the event she will be in with a chance of progressing to Team UK for WorldSkills Brazil 2015 – the skills equivalent of the Olympics.