Cooking For The Starrs 2018

Young Chefs Cook up a Storm and Raise £1500 for the Starr Trust!

Kicking off the May Bank Holiday on 24th May 2018, up-and-coming chefs from Northbrook College Worthing went head to head in a ‘MasterChef’ style evening, cooking up some exquisite food for 60 guests whilst raising £1500 for the Starr Trust.

Assisted by their college tutors and mentored by Head Chef at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kurt Cutajar, the two trainee chefs Richard Groves and Bailey Chandler, along with their teams created some culinary magic with a 6-course menu. Diners enjoyed a glass of champagne upon arrival in the lovely Arundel restaurant on campus and went on to critique and vote on delicious dishes that included Richard’s winning dish ‘confit pig cheek with smoked creamy mash, pickled carrot & radish with a port & cider jus’.

Kurt Cutajar brought 2 of his sous-chefs with him and they all worked at the pass throughout an evening of excellent collaboration, presentation and truly creative food. Kurt told us “I was really impressed with the talent and dedication of these young chefs and have really enjoyed mentoring them. I have even offered positions at the Hilton for the most promising of them, one of which is the talented runner up Bailey Chandler”.

The winning chef Richard Groves delighted guests with his delicious menu and was thrilled to have won. He told us “I’m a self taught chef and left school with no qualifications. I couldn’t go to Catering College so had to take a random job. I then met my current partner Cheryl Swinburne and we set up a catering business together. After some time successfully running our business The Pig & Jacket in Lewes, I felt that to move my career forward I needed to obtain some qualifications and so I signed up to a course at Northbrook. I’ve learned a lot since then; it’s a good college with very knowledgeable tutors and I’ve acquired new skills and had some great opportunities. Entering ‘Cooking for the Starrs’ has also been a real eye opener on how a more professional kitchen functions and working with Kurt has really helped me to refine my skills”.

Richard’s food enterprise The Pig & Jacket has received many accolades from the food industry where it’s been chosen as a finalist in the Sussex Food & Drink Awards for the past 2 years and was a Grand Finalist in 2017. It also achieved success in the coveted British Street Food competition as a Finalist last year.

Tracey Narvaez from The Starr Trust said “this sold out event is now in its fourth year and we’re so grateful to Kurt, for his time and expertise; to the hard working college tutors who put in extra hours to run this event and to Sascha Koehler and Brighton Hilton Metropole for their continued sponsorship. Not only do they help financially, they also provide the students with anything practical they may need in order to showcase their food. The young chefs are often offered employment following this competition which is fantastic and even local suppliers get involved and donate food and drink. We couldn’t be more thrilled”.

Photos by Jeff Mood

Huge thanks go out to the suppliers listed below who have all kindly donated to this event: