Curry competition at WLC

17 October 2017

Former Hospitality & Catering student Atik Rahman has brought the Bangladesh Caterers Association Live Chef Cook Off to Hammersmith & Fulham College.

The BCA represents over 12,000 curry houses and takeaways in the UK, and the exciting live cook off in our industry standard kitchens saw 40 competitors whittled down to just ten chefs who will be recognised at the BCA's 13th annual awards at the Park Plaza Hotel Westminster.

The group of chefs were provided with a full larder of meat and vegetables and just 45 minutes to come up with a creation using their own spices and ingredients. Their final, amazing creations were then judged by a panel including BCA President Kamal Yakub, Christine Ellis from the FoodTalk Show, Andy Burton from Sky Sports and Neil Long from Radio Jackie. 

There was a huge buzz around TASTE across the day with a massive crowd of chefs, restaurant owners, students and tutors on hand to cheer on the contestants as they presented their dishes to the judges. TV stations ATN Bangla and TVONE were on hand to cover all the cooking action, while the FoodTalk Show conducted interviews for an upcoming podcast. 

Atik Rahman studied at Hammersmith & Fulham College back in 2007, and the college has hosted the competition on two previous occasions. “I learned so many things at this college.” explained Atik. “I’m extremely proud to bring this big Chef competition to Hammersmith & Fulham College today.”

Atik with his teachers

ABOVE: WHERE IT ALL BEGAN - Atik catches up with his former College tutors. 

Denise Charles, Head of Curriculum for Service Industries at WLC (second from left, above) said it was a fantastic event that the College was thrilled to host. 

"It is wonderful to see our former students to go onto such great success and then bring an event like this back to the College. It was a great expereince for our students who got to help out in the kitchen and restaurant, and see this excellent range of chefs at work. "

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