On 14th May, the finalists of Newquay Tretherras’ cooking competition ‘NT Chef’ were treated to a master class from Chefs Phil Oakes and Mark Devonshire of Cornwall College.
The session began with Chef Mark showing students the fruits of his foraging activities in the local area, getting the students to taste things like wild sanfire and garlic, opening the students eyes to the sort of thing they can find in the wild.
Following the introduction, Chef Phil took the floor and showed students Wild Garlic Bread, Cornish Ale Bread, and some pasta making techniques, before creating two pasta dishes using all of the foraged herbs and vegetables.
Organising teacher, Dave Nicholls, commented “This really was a fantastic session for our finalists, and hopefully one which they will remember for a long time to come. To get the opportunity to work with two chefs in such a way is always a special opportunity, but when they bring new ideas to the table such as foraging and using what is around us to create food, it really inspires students to learn more and expand their own cooking ability”.
The NT Chef competition has been running since February, and has seen several master classes over the course of its duration, with the grand final scheduled to take place on June 4th in the Tretherras kitchens.