West Lothian College students go for gold at Cooking Competition

Students from West Lothian College cooked up a storm at the most anticipated event in hospitality and tourism.

Eighteen Professional Cookery students took to the stage at the ScotHot competition last week at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

The annual event sees students from across the country put their skills and knowledge to the test, and provides an opportunity to meet suppliers and industry experts to gain ideas and inspiration.

Notable sponsors included Scottish Chefs, Catering Scotland, Visit Scotland and many more.

West Lothian College students competed in Fish Filleting, Vegetable Cuts, Roll Bread Shaping, Chicken for Sauté, and Pasta - all in a live kitchen under the expert eyes of a range of renowned judges.

Their hard work paid off and resulted in four golds, eight silvers and 10 bronze awards, as well as 15 merits. These outstanding achievements saw lecturers Paul Kelly, Audrey Buckley and Paul Devonshire immensely proud of their students’ success.

College Principal, Jackie Galbraith said: “It is hard to put into words how proud I am of the students who took part in the ScotHot competition. Under their lecturers’ expert guidance, they are becoming very accomplished chefs and I have no doubt they will impress any restaurant they seek to work in when they’ve completed their courses at West Lothian College.”

Following their success at ScotHot, the next challenge for the students is a trip to London where they will be competing with some of the most talented student chefs from across the UK in the annual Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Awards which will feature over 1,500 suppliers from across the industry.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Professional Cookery? Click here to learn more about West Lothian College’s courses.