Two budding young chefs from Wirral Metropolitan College have just won the finals of the inaugural Teflon Diamond Standard Awards, launched by DuPont.
Students Sean Noonan and Dylan Fish triumphed at the national cook-off, which was held at celebrity chef Lesley Waters’ Abbot’s Hill Cookery School in Dorset. The two-man team now hold the title of Teflon Diamond Standard Awards National Champions.
Launched by DuPont, the manufacturer of Teflon non-stick coatings, the new Awards were sponsored by a number of national manufacturers and retailers. These include: Tesco; Crealys – manufacturer of non-stick cookware and bakeware; non-stick bakeware supplier Europasonic; cooking liner supplier NoStik; ProWare – maker of professional grade non-stick copper cookware; and specialist chefswear supplier Denny’s Uniforms LeChef.
The Awards attracted entries from 270 students from nearly 70 schools. As the winning team, Sean and Dylan and their teacher Nick Castree won a selection of prizes including a day at Alton Towers and dinner at Celtic Manor, as well as a £750 cash bursary and Tiffany crystal trophies, along with work experience at Abbots Hill Cookery School with Lesley Waters.
As the national winning college, Wirral Metropolitan College also won a Tiffany crystal trophy, plus £2,000 of new kitchenware, bakeware and cookware for students to use, donated by the industry sponsors.
Commenting on the Awards, Teflon Consumer Finishes EMEA marketing manager Wilbert Broeksmit said: “The Awards have been a successful initiative from DuPont to recognise excellence on the part of young chefs in the UK.
“It was evident that there was a gap here between the existing FutureChef for younger students and the first professional awards that chefs can enter in their twenties.
“So we believe we are helping provide much needed recognition for the achievements and skills of students just at the point when they are poised to choose a career or enter further education.
“I’m delighted at the support we’ve received from our housewares industry and retail sponsors in the first year of the Awards, and would like to thank them for their sponsorship and their participation in the very demanding judging process.
“Now we look forward to 2014 and the second year of The Teflon Diamond Standard Awards.”