Two students studying at TyneMet College on Professional Cookery courses were delighted to receive Bronze and Silver medals at a recent Professional Cookery competition.

The Major Series XII competition was hosted by New College Durham and the students, Samantha Jones, 19, from Whitley Bay, won two Bronze medals and Charly Tasker, 18, from Northumberland, won one Silver and one Bronze medal, performed extremely well on the day beating students from Hartlepool and Leeds Colleges as well as students from New College Durham.

Charly was awarded her Silver medal for the ‘Open Street Food’ category her entry was a noodle based dish of milled red pepper, milled duck breast, egg noodles, pak choi, mango, cashew nuts, lentils, peas, alfalfa and radish shoots with a pan Asian broth

She received the Bronze medal for the ‘Static Main Course (Game)’ category for which she cooked a galantine of quail studded with baby courgette and quail hearts, crispy quail eggs, textures of celeriac, beetroot jelly and roasted shallots.

Samantha was awarded her first Bronze medal for the ‘Open Dessert for Two’ category, her entry was a hot raspberry soufflé and clementine cheesecake with lemon and ginger crunch ice cream and she was awarded her second Bronze medal for the ‘Static Main Course (Fish)’ category for this she cooked assiette of pan-seared haddock, tuna tartar nicoise style, leek cannelloni with prawn and chive mousseline with shellfish sauce.

The prestigious judges at the event were Douglas Jordan, NECTA, Christopher Basten, Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and Alan Colley, Business Development Manager from Major, who were the sponsors of the competition.

Joanne Hewison, Head of Service and Business Enterprises, TyneMet College, said:

“This was the first time that TyneMet College has entered this competition and I am absolutely delighted with the medals that the students have won. They worked really hard planning and practicing their menus and on the day cooked their dishes to perfection – the presentation of their dishes was amazing!

“This is a fantastic achievement for the two students who I am sure will agree that being awarded these medals was a fantastic way to end their course.

“Samantha, has been with us at TyneMet for the last three years, she has been a medal winner in many other competitions and has successfully achieved the Level 1, 2 and 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery courses, in September she will begin her Foundation Degree in Events Management - we will miss her but I have no doubt that she will accomplish anything that she puts her mind to.

“We are looking forward to seeing Charly return next year when she progresses on to the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery course.”

For more information about Professional Cookery courses at TyneMet College, call and speak to a student advisor on 0191 229 5000, email or visit