Cumbernauld College cooks up a storm at national contest

Thursday, 21 March 2013

The culinary skills of a talented lecturer and student from Cumbernauld College have been celebrated during a prestigious industry contest.

Professional cookery lecturer Paul Clark came out top in the Gressingham Duck competition, while student Andrew Kelly, who is studying on the College’s Professional Diploma in Professional Cookery, City and Guilds Level 1 course, was awarded silver in the Modern Apprentice Skills Challenge during ScotHot – Scotland’s largest hospitality, tourism and catering show.

Paul wowed the judges with his seared duck breast, butternut cous cous and puree cardamom and orange reduction, winning ‘best in class.’ Andrew meanwhile performed well in his round, successfully preparing a chicken for sauté as well as producing six different vegetable cuts to a high standard.

Paul said: “ScotHot is one of the most prestigious events in Scotland’s culinary calendar so to take part is a fantastic honour. For Andrew to have achieved silver so early on in his career is a great boost and he should be very proud of his achievement. I was also delighted to succeed in my own category.”

ScotHot, held annually, brings together key buyers and decision makers from top hospitality and catering establishments. This year the event, held at Glasgow’s SECC, kicked off Scottish Tourism Week.

Andrew, 17, from Kirkintilloch said: “I found the competition challenging but really enjoyable. You only get 40 minutes to prepare all parts of the dish which is a really tight timeframe. Taking part was a great experience and I was very pleased to have won silver.”

Professional cookery lecturer Colin Wilson also took part in the event, judging a number of dessert categories.


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Cumbernauld College.


Notes to editors:

  1. Based in North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld College offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to Degree level study.
  2. Cumbernauld College has campuses in Cumbernauld, East Dunbartonshire and Broadwood Campus (Sports Performance).
  3. Cumbernauld College became the first organisation in North Lanarkshire to achieve the Investors in People Gold Award (2010).


About ScotHot: Launched in 1973, ScotHot is Scotland’s largest hospitality, tourism and catering show. It brings together key buyers and decision makers from top hospitality and catering establishments, with a wide variety of suppliers from all areas of the hospitality, tourism and catering industries. In 2013 ScotHot, which took place from March 4th to 6th, once again kicked-off Scottish Tourism Week and this year there was even more to shout about as ScotHot celebrated its 40th year. To mark this milestone, ScotHot 2013 was buzzing with new attractions, products and competitions as well as featuring much loved favourites such as the prestigious Scottish Culinary Championships and the World Junior Culinary Grand Prix.