Borders College

College is Game to host Catering competition

Gamekeeping and Catering and Hospitality students from Borders College have participated in the inter-college ‘Field to Fork’ competition for the past 2 years.  This year will be no different, with the exception that the Borders competitors are taking their turn to host the end-of-competition awards dinner.

Borders College is Game to host Catering event

Pictured is Nicolle Hamilton from BASC (front right) with the students.

Nicolle Hamilton from The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) visited the HNC Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management and Catering and Hospitality (Levels 2 and 3) groups this week to discuss the principles of the competition, and encourage the students to begin preparing for competition day in November.

Keen to get started, Andy Winwood (Gamekeeping Programme Leader), Alan Tweedie (Gamekeeping Lecturer) and Robbie Bunton (Catering and Hospitality Lecturer) took the students to visit Lothian Estate near Jedburgh immediately after Nicolle’s talk, where they found out more about various Game species as well as the rearing process from field to fork, before returning to the training kitchens on campus later that day, where Gill Petty (Catering and Hospitality Lecturer) helped them to get hands on with real Game ingredients.

For the competition itself, the student teams (from Borders College, SRUC Elmwood Campus and North Highland College UHI – the only places in Scotland where Gamekeeping courses are offered) are tasked with creating an inspiring menu and deciding which Game and ingredients to use in the dishes they will ultimately serve up to the judges.  Their creations will be judged by representatives from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and BASC, the leading partners of the Field to Fork project.
Last year Nicolle and her fellow judges were impressed by the standard of the food produced by the students at Borders College, as well as their enthusiasm, and Borders College were the proud winners of the 2016 competition.  This year’s groups will, no doubt, be looking to reach that standard, if not exceed it.

To read about last year’s competition and the Borders College winners, visit our News and Events page

Published: Thu 7th Sep, 2017