NWRC student is finalist in Young Chef of the Year competition

Colm Quigley who is studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cooking at North West Regional College and has made it to the finals of Young Chef of the Year 2018. (Picture by Martin McKeown)
Colm Quigley who is studying for an NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cooking at North West Regional College and has made it to the finals of Young Chef of the Year 2018. (Picture by Martin McKeown)

An aspiring chef who quit a Degree in Engineering to pursue his passion for food, has been announced as a finalist in the Superfoods Young Chef of the year competition.

Colm Quigley, who is studying at North West Regional College for a NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cooking, will travel to London this week with lecturer Leyonia Davey to compete in the live finals at Westminster Kingsway College.

The 22 years-old says that finally taking the step to follow the career path he’d always wanted to, was the best decision he’d ever made.

He explained: “I studied Engineering at University for three years, but I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I decided to follow my passion and become a chef.

“Food has always been a great interest of mine and being at university made me realise that it was more important to train in something that I enjoy, because that career is going to take up so much of my life. That’s why I applied to NWRC.”

Encouraged by NWRC’s Curriculum Manager in Hospitality and Catering Leyonia Davey, Colm Quigley entered the Super Foods Peru Challenge earlier this year. “I had to prepare a three course meal using ingredients and super foods found in Peru, then photograph the dish and submit the method.

“It was challenging as I have only recently started cooking and everything is all relatively new, especially Peruvian cuisine.

“It will be stressful to say the least, especially coming up against some great experienced chefs across the UK.

“I think I will cope just fine, and at the end of the day it will be a great experience and one I’m sure I’ll not forget for a long time.”

Leyonia Davey, Curriculum Manager of Hospitality and Catering at NWRC said: “Colm has shown great commitment to his course and this has been rightly recognised with his success so far.We wish him the very best.”