VSC Scoops up Two trophies from Venues of Excellence Cook & Serve Challenge

Two members of VSC staff recently took part in the Venues of Excellence Cook and Serve Challenge and came away with two winning trophies. Head Chef Anil Dabre won Best Senior Dessert and Food and Beverage Assistant Roman Petrakow was awarded Best Junior Wine Service.

Above, left to right: Roman, Air Commodore Nigel Beet CBE, Anil

The competition took place on Saturday 27th October at Cambridge Regional College where 13 different teams, each consisting of a chef and waiter or waitress competed in the challenge. Each chef had two and a half hours to prepare and serve a 3-course meal suitable for an end-of-conference formal dinner, and each waiter/waitress had three hours to serve the meal to two invited guests. Each course had to include different aspect, the starter had to be vegetarian, the main turbot and a dark rum based dessert. Anil’s winning course was dessert which consisted of vanilla panna cotta, rum and date pudding, pineapple and pina colada sauce, this was paired with a 2016 Botrytised Riesling from New Zealand.  

Above: Anil's winning dessert

The waiters and waitresses served the meals and were required to lay up a table with their own crockery, cutlery, glassware and crutes, provide a menu, serve and describe appropriate wines with each course, prepare and serve coffee and produce two cocktails. Roman made a VSC gin margarita (made using our own Victory Services Club Gin) and a cranberry nojito. As part of the competition, each course was paired with a different wine, poured by the waiter, Roman was awarded best junior wine service.

The competition was judged by a mixture of different Chefs and Front of House professionals.

Guy Hodge, Tchibo’s National Account Manager for the Education sector and who was one of the Venues of Excellence Cook and Serve Judges again this year, wrote to Nigel Beet, the CEO of the Victory Services Club to offer his congratulations and said “Well done to Anil and Roman who both did so well this year in the Venues of Excellence Cook and Service competition in Cambridge on Saturday 27th October. Your teams are always really professional and such great ambassadors for the Victory Services Club”.  

Air Commodore Nigel Beet CBE said “All of the staff and Trustees at the Victory Services Club were delighted that Anil’s and Roman’s excellent skills were recognised by the judges and that they both each won a prize in a tough competition with teams drawn from across the hospitality sector, including event venues, hotels and universities.

Their commitment and professionalism was clear for all to see, and the Victory Services Club is very proud of their performance, in the face of very strong competition from the other event venues.”

Congratulations to all involved and well done to Roman and Anil.

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