Bellisimo! Catering Students Get Inspired

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 14:23

Talented trainee chefs from Coleg Menai's catering department have taken on Italy's most famous export recently, in a bid to win Glanbia Cheese's 'Design-a-Pizza' competition.

Entrants were encouraged to throw tradition out the window and be as creative as they liked when coming up with their ideas - the only hint given was to use mozzarella produced by Glanbia Cheese in Llangefni!

First, second and third prizes were scooped by Coleg Menai students.

Helen Roberts created a pizza with a stuffed mozzarella crust and topping of avocado, bacon and tomato.

Samantha Miller came up with a detailed recipe for the 'Samantha Panther Pizza' a fully loaded creation that called for steak strips, bacon, blue cheese and onion.

Adam Williams offered 'The Super Supreme Pizza' a traditional base layered with 3 cheeses and pepperoni motif in the shape of 'S' for super.

First prize, a voucher for £35 was awarded Samantha, with Helen and Adam coming second and third respectively.

They were invited to Glanbia Cheese in Llangefni where they had a VIP tour of the company, and most importantly they had access to the development kitchens where they made their pizzas for representatives of the company.

Heather Broughton, Senior HR Manager Glanbia Cheese commented:

"We were delighted to host the winners of the Pizza competition at Glanbia Cheese.  We believe it is essential to engage with our local community, to give insight to our global business and encourage a new generation of employees for the future."

Glanbia Cheese and Coleg Menai have a long established relationship with Coleg Menai fulfilling some of the company's training needs through the Food Technology Centre at Llangefni.

Paul Roberts, Operations Manager - Food Technology Centre commented:

"It's fantastic news that Coleg Menai students have had such success in Glanbia Cheese's 'Design-a-Pizza' competition - we are delighted with the results. The centre has a long established relationship with Glanbia Cheese and we're keen to support any activity that engages the community and encourages young people to consider a future in the food manufacturing or catering industries."