Student chef poultry competition returns

The British poultry industry is calling on student chefs to show their creativity by entering its annual catering competition. 

Now in its 8th year, the competition invites Level 2 and 3 catering students to whip up a starter and/or main course using British turkey thigh or breast meat. The winning dishes will be served at the British Poultry Awards banquet held on 20 September 2018 to around 300 guests at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.

The competition is sponsored by Aviagen Turkeys and will see British poultry chefs visiting catering colleges all across the country to inspire students to cook with British turkey.

Students who enter the competition will be invited to a live cook off at University College Birmingham on 31 May, where a winner and two runner ups go on to gain invaluable work experience with James Dugan, head chef at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel. Prizes will be awarded in catering vouchers with the first prize winner receiving £300 and runners up £150. Winning colleges will also be awarded £500 in catering vouchers. 

Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council said: “This is a unique and fantastic opportunity for student chefs all across the country to showcase their skills and creativity to a host of key decision makers in the industry.”

Clay Burrows, managing director of Aviagen Turkeys said: “We are once again thrilled to be sponsoring the student chef competition. Every year the standard of entries just gets better and better. It’s a great opportunity for students to discover the versatility of turkey and how it lends itself to a wide range of dishes and cooking techniques from the traditional to more modern.” 

All year 2 and 3 catering students are eligible to enter the competition, and if colleges would like to book in a 2-hour turkey workshop up until 31st March they are invited to email

The 2017 winner was Danny Francomb of Hackney Community College, London whose starter of ‘Asian Picnic – Turkey Satay Skewers, Asian Cured Turkey Salad, Turkey Bhaji, Turkey Poppadums with Spinach and Mint Chutney’ stole the show. The two runners up were Pablo German, also of Hackney Community College, London and Angelina Adamo of University College Birmingham.

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