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Skills success for catering student

There was success for Coleg Ceredigion at the recent Skills Competition Wales event in the category of culinary arts.

Level three hospitality and catering student Dylan West who studies at the college’s Aberystwyth campus, claimed bronze in a competition of high quality.

Dylan along with 35 other competitors were tasked with preparing and cooking a three-course menu in three hours, serving two portions of each course.

Competitors were tasked with creating a starter of a beef consommé with their own garnish, followed by a main dish of a boned, rolled, stuffed, tied piece of pork belly, roasted with balanced garnish including potato, finishing with a lemon-based dessert of their own choice.

Dylan served a beef consommé with smoked pancetta ravioli garnish, followed by a pork belly, fondant potato, spiced apple puree, pickled baby leeks, turned chantenay carrots served with miso jus.

His menu concluded with a classic lemon souffle with raspberry coulis and lemon curd.

According to Coleg Ceredigion catering lecturer James Ward: “As a department we are very proud of Dylan.

“He has worked tirelessly in preparation for this competition, racking up around eight to ten hours a week practising various dishes on top of his commitment to his level three course.

“Dylan has a natural ability, good presentations skills, a sensible manner and great work ethic.

“Finishing top three out of 36 is a huge success for him and for us as a department.”

There was also success on the Cardigan campus as Celt John finished second place in the patisserie and confectionary category.