Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Congratulations to Professional Cookery student Robert Donald who was named Aberdeen College Coeliac Chef 2012 recently. The competition, which is sponsored and judged by the Aberdeen and North East Coeliac Group, was open to all full time hospitality students at the College. Entrants were asked to produce a three course menu for four people with a maximum budget of £20.
Robert, who works at Restaurant Paula McEwan, was delighted to be named the winner after a closely fought afternoon of judging. Robert's gluten-free menu included a twice baked cheese soufflé with fennel tomatoes, a chicken pie with creamed leeks and a bread and butter pudding with vanilla cream.
Ruth McGill, of the Aberdeen and North East Coeliac Group, said that the standard of cooking this year was exceptional and that the four finalists had raised the bar in the outstanding presentation of their dishes. The competition, which is now in its fourth year, aims to raise awareness of the dietary requirements of certain groups of people among trainee chefs.
Robert is due to be back in action next week, this time representing his employer, in the pastry category of the Grampian Chef of the Year 2012. This competition, organised by Hospitality Training, will also take place in the training kitchens at Aberdeen College's Gallowgate Centre.