Northbrook College Cook Off - SOLD OUT

The Starr Trust’s first charity Cook Off at Northbrook College was a huge success!

Last week the first Masterchef-style event ‘Cooking for Starrs’ took place at the Arundel Restaurant in Worthing. With the help of head chef Russell Williams from Bailiffscourt Hotel, the two student chefs Mark Nicholls and Marc Smith wowed everyone with some inventive and creative cooking. All the food was beautifully presented and guests found it hard to believe they were eating in a college restaurant. The front of house led by Emily Savage and Hayley Greco, worked really hard all night to make sure that everybody had an unforgettable experience and even created a Wine Flight to accompany the food. With support from Barbara, Natalie and Peter, the dedicated tutors at Northbrook College, the evening was truly fabulous.

The Starr Trust is lucky to have support from local businesses and this was one of those nights with Southern Water as the main sponsor. Their table included Counsellor Michael Donin, Mayor of Worthing, who was kind enough to present the trophy to well deserved winner Mark Nicholls, who led the Blue team to victory. Mark is just finishing his level 3 Hospitality and Catering and this autumn is off to the University of West London to study Professional Cookery. Mark says “It’s the first time I’ve entered a competition and the first time I’ve created food to such a high standard for so many people. The most challenging thing was that I underestimated how long everything would take and how important the planning of a menu is. I’m delighted that I won; it was a really great way to finish my 2 years at Northbrook College”. Mark won an overnight stay at the prestigious Bailiffscourt Hotel, and dinner for two in the restaurant and the runner up, Marc Smith, won a dinner for two.

The Starr Trust Press Manager, Nicole Carman, told us why this kind of fundraising event is so important; “the night raised in excess of £1500 which will go towards supporting young people in the BN postcode and help give young chefs the experience they need. The UK desperately needs more chefs with a current deficit of 70,000! The eating out market is growing at nearly 3% with further growth expected to continue so we really need to take action to attract young chefs, and help them develop their skills. The importance of colleges that train young chefs and front of house, such as Northbrook in Worthing and City College in Brighton can’t be underestimated”.

Original Event Listing
‘Cooking for Starrs’ is a fantastic new Dining Experience created by us to help young up-and-coming chefs in Sussex. This Masterchef style competition features two talented young chefs from Northbrook College, who will go head-to-head with their teams in a competition to create a fabulous 5-course menu and diners will vote on the winning team. These final year students will be supported by their college tutors and mentored by Russell Williams, Head Chef at the prestigious Bailiffscourt Hotel in Climping.

Guests will enjoy delicious food with an optional wine flight and will be greeted with a glass of champagne provided by our sponsor Southern Water. There will also be an auction and raffle with loads of fantastic prizes up for grabs, donated by local businesses.

Our event organiser Tracey Narvaez says “We have been running this event successfully in Brighton in partnership with City College for the past three years, which has led to many of the students going on to find work in the thriving hospitality sector. We are really excited to be taking this initiative to Worthing this year and working with Northbrook and Bailiffscourt. Southern Water are also keen to highlight the perils of pouring fat down the drain to these future young chefs in their ‘Pain in the Drain’ campaign and have offered to take the students on a tour of the local sewer system.”

Head Chef Russell Williams has already begun to try out the menus with the trainee chefs and says “It is important to start off at the grass roots with young chefs. By really nurturing them throughout their training, they in turn will spread this knowledge. This creates a better atmosphere, improves local kitchens and gets better chefs through the ranks”.

This fabulous Fundraising Dinner will be held on Tuesday June 9th and the winning team will enjoy an Experience Day at the Tapestry restaurant at Bailiffscourt Hotel. The runner-up chef will be treated to a dinner for two, and the winner a dinner for two and an overnight stay!

Tickets are £25 and the event kicks off at 6.30pm. Venue is the lovely Arundel Restaurant, West Durrington Campus, Littlehampton Road, Worthing, BN12 6NU.

Sorry but this event has now SOLD OUT. We do have some spaces left at our other Cooking For Starrs event in Brighton.