BBC reporter takes part in live on-air cook off challenge at Cambridge Regional College

As part of Cambridge Regional College (CRC) hosting the recent Passion to Inspire finals, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire reporter Ben Stevenson visited the Cambridge campus and was challenged with making an omelette against CRC student (and Young Pastry Chef of the Year 2018 Awards runner-up) Charlotte Ginn.

Airing during the breakfast show on May 22nd, Ben caused a stir when his omelette was declared as the winner! Whether it was through hidden talent or good fortune, the delighted reporter took his winning entry back to the studio for a live tasting and his colleagues had to admit (begrudgingly) he had cooked up a delicious breakfast.

The cook-off was part of the Passion to Inspire event, a competition run by Murray Chapman, who founded the charity in 2010 to bridge the gap between up and coming catering and hospitality students and the hospitality industry. Passion2Inspire has raised over £200k for charity since it started and all the partners who are involved in the competition do so in a not-for-profit capacity. Suppliers who donated food and drink to this year’s event included Anglia Produce, Nurtured Norfolk, Hallgarten Druitt, Loch Duart, True Foods, Creedy Carver and Marrfish.

VIP guests in attendance for the finals included award-winning Pastry Chef Consultant, Sarah Hartnett and Andrew Bennett MBE, the national chairman Craft Guild of Chefs; he said, “Competitions are a great adversary to new talent in building up students’ confidence going into the industry.  Hopefully the learnings from this competition will take them forward and give them confidence for the future”.

Cambridge Regional College previously won the competition in 2014 and 2016, and this time were joined in the finals by West Suffolk College, Colchester Institute and the College of West Anglia. The CRC team for 2018 consisted of Tom Newby, Ryan Maton and Ben’s on-air omelette making rival, Charlotte Ginn.

Catering and Hospitality students from CRC were on form hosting the prestigious guests at the College’s Park Restaurant with a variety of delicacies to keep the guests well-nourished during the competition.

Graham Taylor, QTLS Lecturer at Cambridge Regional College, was delighted with the success of the event, he said, “Everybody at Cambridge Regional College is thrilled to have hosted an event that will inspire students from colleges across the region, helping the next generation build links with suppliers and fellow professionals in the local area. We would like to say congratulations not only to the winners, but to everybody who took part in what was a fantastic day”.

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