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Duo from Burleigh Court win Cook and Serve Challenge

A duo from Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel at Loughborough University have been crowned Best Team in the annual Cook and Serve Challenge 2019.

Deon Chikwama and Georgia Wood were presented with the Barry Stonham Best Team Award.

Organised by Venues of Excellence (VOE), the competition sees members of VOE from across the UK go head-to-head to create culinary masterpieces and provide high quality service to guests.

The duo served a three-course meal which included a medley of seafood to start, followed by duck, rabbit or pheasant served with celeriac puree, artichoke game chips, creamed spinach, baby heritage carrots and a game jus. To finish there was a mixed berry meringue with textures of citrus and candy floss.

The theme of this year’s competition was showcasing talent, with venues tasked with preparing and serving a three-course menu that showcases themselves and their venue, using a minimum of five ingredients from a list.

Mandy Jennings, Executive Director at Venues of Excellence, said:

“This year’s Cook and Serve Challenge was a great success, with 11 of our member venues putting their culinary and service skills to the test.

“We were wowed by the talent on show and the skills that exist within these venues up and down the country. It really does show how independent UK venues are raising the bar when it comes to catering and service, providing delegates with high-level menus and culinary creations you’d expect to find in a top-end restaurant.”

Along with partners Wilson Vale, the event – held at Leicester College and followed by a dinner and ceremony at Imago Venues Burleigh Court – was sponsored by Tchibo; Aubrey Allen; Matthew Clark; Boe Gin; Unique Venues Birmingham; Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel; College Court; and Whittlebury Park.


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