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5th October 2017

The winner of the 11th Copper Saucepan trophy for 2017 has been awarded to a Hull College Catering student.

Ellie Tuttle is currently studying a Level 3 Technical Diploma in Professional Cooking, and proved that her training has really paid off by scooping the top award.

Ellie faced fierce competition at the Beverley Food Festival event from runner-up Reece Brady-Temple, as both young chefs were challenged to create a meal in just 30 minutes.

It was in this space of time that Ellie managed to present her main course of pan-fried sea bass with an aromatic curry sauce, onion and sweetcorn fritter and fennel-coated carrots. This was then followed by a dessert of chocolate nadell on a feuilletine base with a raspberry coulis.

The flavours on show proved enough to award Ellie with the Copper Saucepan Trophy, as well as a £300 cheque, Chef Guild of Great Britain membership and a day’s work placement at a prestigious restaurant. Ellie is also the first female to be awarded the trophy.

Now in its eleventh year, the Apprentice Chef competition is a showcase for the region's young talented Chefs. To compete for the chance to make the finals, each entrant must have been in the hospitality industry for a maximum of 4 years to qualify and devise a menu which reflects their flair, skill and the best of local food with either the starter or the main course featuring fish or seafood.

Ellie Said, “I entered a number of local and national competitions while studying at Hull College. These were something I had always wanted to do, but was always nervous about doing so. My tutors Ian Snedden and Phil Dixon gave me the training to be able to enter and this motivated me to succeed.”

“The pressure is unbelievable but when your name is called to receive the award it makes all the nerves and hard work worthwhile.”

“My tutors helped me to design a menu and my employers Cerutti’s Restaurant has been very supportive, allowing me time to plan, prepare and practice, as well as giving me industry advice.”

“Hull College is a wonderful training environment, they are helpful and supportive and they always push you to achieve the very best that you can.”

“Wining this award will give me the chance to work in the prestigious Winteringham Field Restaurant for a day which will be very exciting and will also boost my career. I have just found out that I have been selected for the WorldSkills national finals so I am currently training for that, so this competition has been excellent experience for this.”

Course Leader Ian Snedden said, “We are extremely proud of Ellie and everything she has achieved.”

“Ellie is an excellent student who we know will go far and her talent, hard work and dedication are the things that have really helped her win this trophy, all we do here is help our students recognise their own potential.”

“Competitions such as these prove that great talent starts young and all they need is help and encouragement to achieve the best they can. They offer the students a good insight into what it is like to cook under pressure, which prepares them to work in the industry.”

“Here at Hull College we are proud to have enabled a student become the first female to win the Copper Saucepan and we know Ellie will make the most pout of this to progress on to bigger and better things.”

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