Student chefs join the experts to cook up a charity feast

Three trainee chefs from Cambridge Regional College joined the professionals to cook up a fabulous 11-course feast to raise more than £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The unique charity taster dinner brought together many of the region’s top chefs and talented young catering students from across the area for the extravaganza at Stoke by Nayland Hotel.

Organised by Murray Chapman, founder of a Passion to Inspire, the evening saw students and chefs working together as a highly skilled team.

The three CRC students – Richard Rudrich, Reiners Geide and Hayden McDonnell – were accompanied by CRC Catering lecturer Graham Taylor, who said it had been fantastic experience for the trainee chefs.

The kitchens at Stoke by Nayland Hotel were taken over by numerous renowned chefs – including Michelin starred-Mark Poynton. Executive Head Chef, Alan Paton, who runs the 2 AA Rosette-awarded Lakes Restaurant at the hotel, opened his doors to showcase the chefs’ skills and produce a sumptuous dinner for over 130 delighted guests.

Each dish was announced and described by the chef who created it, who also introduced their young team of assistant chefs. The food and wines were all donated by sponsors, enabling all proceeds to go to the charity. 

Murray said it had been a wonderful event.

“It was an incredible evening, bringing together the best of today along with the talent of tomorrow, all in the name of charity. I’d like to thank everyone who made the evening a success and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa for being wonderful hosts,” he said.

“Passionate catering students and professionals alike created an extraordinary range of dishes, from slow-cooked hen’s eggs with pumpkin risotto and truffle to poached cod with mussels in curry sauce, to blue cheese and white chocolate bread.”

For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email

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