College Student Shines in Risotto Competition


For the second year running, a West Lothian student made it to the finals of Riso Gallos UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year.

The Riso Gallo UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year competition is in its fifth year and is aimed at budding chefs aged 17 -23 years in education or in industry who can inject personality, passion and creativity into their own vibrant and exciting risotto dish.

HNC Professional Cookery student Ben Smith attended the finals of the prestigious event at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 4 April after winning the Scottish Regional Heats held at West Lothian College in Livingston earlier this year.

While it was not to be for Ben on the day, he received high praise from the judges and gained an experience not to be forgotten.

Ben’s lecturer Paul Devonshire accompanied him to the event and said:

We are all very proud of Ben for getting this far. His dishes were stunning and while he was disappointed at not winning, the words of encouragement and tips shared from the expert judging panel have left him in good stead. There is always 2023!”

Hospitality lecturer Audrey Buckley said:

Industry competitions inspire our students to do their best – not just to do enough. When students compete, they become more inquisitive, complete research independently, and learn to work with others and strive to do more than is required. These abilities prepare our students for future situations in work and home life.”

West Lothian College offers a range of Professional Cookery courses where students gain real life experience through work placements with leaders in the hospitality industry such as Gleneagles. Places are still available for courses starting in August.

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