The NECTA Awards (The North East Culinary Trade Association’s annual and Salon Culinaire ) is one of the most prestigious in the hospitality industry calendar and works closely with colleges and employers by bringing  the most respected names in the food, drink and hospitality  industry  to visit, compete and judge the competition. NECTA was established to raise the profile of the industry and celebrates the skills and creative ambition of new and recognised talent and aims to promote culinary and service excellence.

Revelling in winning glory, the floristry department gathered every award available in their categories – from anniversary table centres to incorporating fruit and vegetables into a display – judges were impressed with the professionalism, skills and creative prowess demonstrated by all the students.

TyneMet floristry teacher, Tina Reddell, said “The NECTA Awards is a very prestigious event in the North East and I’m ecstatic with what we have achieved – the students did an excellent job and everybody is on cloud nine! Winning every award that was up for grabs is such an honour and the College is extremely proud of their achievements.”

In the catering rounds, students cooked up a storm and impressed the judges with a range of dishes. TyneMet Apprentice employed by local Riverside Live Café, Rianne Mather, won a gold for the complex dessert ‘mille feuille’  and two silver and six bronze awards were also awarded for baking and savoury and sweet dishes.

Lynne Mitchinson, Catering Tutor at TyneMet College, said of the success: “The students have been working extremely hard for the event – which is an excellent opportunity to present their skills in front of potential employers and add to their portfolio for the future – experience in the kitchen is a must.”

The NECTA Awards is the only show of its kind in the region, with visitors from across the UK who want to witness the sheer talent and passion for the hospitality industry which resides in the North East. 

Joanne Hewison, Head of Service and Business Enterprises at TyneMet College, said: “The NECTA awards provide a fantastic platform for students looking to enter a career in the hospitality industry and gain experience by demonstrating the skills that employers demand. This is a fantastic result for TyneMet. The event prepares students for the workforce by working towards industry standards and highlights the wide range of talent and skills we are cultivating for future workforces.”

Image: A selection of cakes from competing schools and colleges at the NECTA Awards 2015.