The atmosphere was tasty as this year’s teams competed for the coveted title of Salford Masterchef.
The competition was organised as part of the Love Food Hate Waste and Healthy Lifestyles campaigns. Competing in front of a live audience, each team produced two imaginative and flavoursome dishes. Five judges scored each dish on a range of criteria including taste, creativity and healthy balance of ingredients. There was even a special, bonus prize for the team who produced the least food waste.
The students were understandably nervous with their entries being judged by Huss Abbas owner of Grenache Restaurant and North West regional winner in the ‘The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Awards’. Professor Maggie Pearson (PVC & Dean of College of Health & Social Care), Mishal Saeed (President Salford Students’ Union), Mike Ault (Aramark) and Sandra Ross (Facilities Manager) completed the judging panel.
Entering for their second year, Hadi Boxwell and Thomas Harvey scooped the title of Salford Masterchefs of the Year, picking up a gleaming trophy, £50 shopping voucher and a meal at a local restaurant.
In second place came Misbah Haque and Fadi Anani and third place were Samuel Wright and James Jackson. Misbah and Fadi also shared a hamper of Fairtrade and Organic goodies from Unicorn Grocery.
The event was expertly compered by Journalism student, Anna Ramsey who also organised filming for her course work.
Bec Bennett, Environment and Sustainability Officer who helped organise the competition said: “Yet again we have been impressed with the cooking skills and creativity of the contestants but most importantly everyone had great fun participating and watching on the live screen!”.
Watch out for next year’s competition!