Pidy returns with its ‘vol au vent’ student chef challenge

Pidy 'Vol au Vent' Challenge 2017 winner Marian Tandy
2017 winner Marian Tandy with Robert Whittle and judge Claire Clark
12/09/2018 - 07:00
Belgium-based pastry manufacturer Pidy is bring back its student challenge for UK catering and hospitality students following the success of its 2017 event.

The Pidy ‘Revamp the Vol-au-vent’ catering challenge invites students to come up with new ideas for the traditional vol-au-vent, using at least one of the three best-selling Pidy ready-to-fill versions of the pastry product.

This year they are also being asked to create an inventive dish that features a street food theme.

Robert Whittle, general manager at Pidy UK, said: “The challenge was a huge triumph last year, so there was no question about its return this year.

“We have taken the challenge to the next level by making the brief more specific with a street food theme, not only to differentiate from last year’s competition, but also to test the student’s abilities even more.

“Continuing the competition is all part of our vision of engaging with catering students and encouraging them to use their talent.

“It is such a rewarding experience and excellent practice for the students to be able to present their skills in a fun yet professional environment.

“For many, it is their first competition and it helps to develop their confidence in the kitchen greatly. The students blew us away last year and definitely proved that there’s so much that can be done with a small hollow case of puff pastry.

“We can’t wait to see what this year’s competitors have in store for us.”

A panel will paper-judge the menu concepts and choose the eight best entries, which will be invited to attend a Grand Final Cook-Off at The Claire Clark Pastry Academy at Milton Keynes College on December 7th.

Pastry chef and TV judge Claire Clark return to the panel for a second year.

The winner will get a trophy, a lunchtime meal for two at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and £200 of catering vouchers.

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