Kirklees College student secures place on shortlist for prestigious Nestlé cooking competition


Photo of Alistair Stanyer in the training kitchens at college

Alistair Stanyer, a Level 3 Professional Cookery student, has been shortlisted for the 2023 Nestlé Professional’s Toque d’Or competition.

The Toque d’Or is a prestigious cooking and front-of-house competition that has been run by Nestlé since 1989 and has 105 previous winners. This year’s theme was all about sustainability and students from colleges across the country were asked to prepare either a drink or dish that was sustainably sourced.

Alistair entered the back-of-house division and created a sustainable fish dish as his entry. Speaking about his entry, Alistair commented:

“I was inspired to enter the competition when it was brought to us by our tutors at college. For my dish, I made a mackerel benedict, which was a mackerel fishcake with a poached egg and a fennel and hollandaise sauce”.

The dish clearly impressed the judges as Alistair now joins 24 other college students from across the country to compete in the final. The winners will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil, where they will sample a range of Brazilian foods and visit one of Nestlé’s coffee farms to learn more about sustainability and product development.

Simon Hallas, Curriculum Area Manager for Hospitality and Catering said:

“We are so proud of Alistair for securing a place on the shortlist of such a historic and prestigious competition. Alistair’s dish was testimony to his culinary talents and we wish him every success as he enters the final stages of the competition.”

To find out more about our Hospitality and Catering courses at Kirklees College, visit our subject area page.

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