Hospitality student, Shannon Lippiat has taken the ExCel Docklands, London by storm, by winning three silver medals for her culinary skills, and Gold Best in Class for her three-course vegetarian menu submission.
Shannon attended the event with her South Lanarkshire College Chef Lecturer, David Auchie when the event took place in London from Monday 21 March to Wednesday 23 March.
During the two-day event, Shannon competed in four different competitions, including the ‘Junior Poultry Challenge’ and ‘The Lemon Sole Challenge’ where she secured two of her three silver medals from the event.
Shannon said, “I was excited to participate at this prestigious event, I was anxious at the level of work involved and the time constraints on me, however, after the encouragement I received from Chef Auchie, I was really up for the challenge”.
Shannon Continued “Set up for competition was intense, there was a five-minute turn around between the poultry challenge and the lemon sole challenge, however, I remained calm and focused throughout. On completion of the poultry challenge I tidied my kitchen area and set up again for the sole challenge. My adrenalin got me through. At the end of Day one of competition I was thrilled to secure two silver medals for my fish dishes.
On day two, I participated in my first ever live cook off for the ‘Lamb Challenge’ where I was given 45 minutes to prepare, cook and present two portions of lamb in two alternative ways. I created Loin and Seared Cutlet of Lamb, Celeriac, Mustard and Horseradish Relish with a Potato and Cabbage Cake and Char-Grilled Asparagus, the dish was Sponsored by – ‘Meat Promotion Wales’. Following the challenge, I was truly delighted to win my third silver medal of the event”
Sharon concluded “After a busy couple of days and just before I caught my short flight home, I prepared my first ever static display in ‘aspic’ (food dressed in a savoury jelly made with meat stock). After a nervous wait, I couldn’t believe it when I was announced as ‘Gold’ and ‘Best in Class’ for my three-course vegetarian menu. It was the greatest feeling ever!”
Shannon’s Lecturer, Chef David Auchie spoke of his delight at Shannon’s success stating “Shannon is a dedicated student both in the classroom and at competitions, she always gives her heart and soul to every dish she creates. The mouth-watering menus she produced and prepared, in such a short period of time were outstanding and everyone at South Lanarkshire College shares in her success”.
During the three-day event, Chef Auchie was also awarded ‘Silver’ and ‘Best in Class’ for the dishes he created as part of the Senior Class competition. The Senior Class restaurant plates involved presenting three different individual plated starters, one starter to containing hot or warm element and the other two to be cold.