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Scottish salmon producer Loch Duart is offering two teenagers the opportunity of a lifetime after wowing them with their culinary creations.

Students at a number of colleges were challenged by Loch Duart's British Food Ambassador, Patrick Evans to submit recipes and photos of canapes they created, which showcased the taste and texture the award-winning salmon.

The winners - Jaypee Escaro, 18 from Stevenage and Michael Brown, 18 from Letchworth Garden City - are both Level 3 students studying the advanced diploma in professional cookery course at North Hertfordshire college.

They'll now have the opportunity to visit the world's largest seafood trade fair, held in Brussels later this year, where over three days, the students will support Patrick and the Loch Duart team at their stand, preparing and serving their winning canapes at the Seafood Expo 2020.

Patrick Evans, Loch Duart’s British Food Ambassador, said:

“We love the opportunity to work with and support young ambitious chefs. By creating this challenge Loch Duart is giving the winning students Jaypee and Michael an experience which we hope will be both challenging and inspiring. I’d like to thank all the colleges and students that took part. We can’t wait to share their delicious Loch Duart canapes at Seafood Expo 2020.”

Winning student chefs, Michael Brown and Jaypee Escaro

North Hertfordshire (college’s Hospitality & Catering Course) college Tutor Anthony Gascoigne, and the Team Leader said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to expose them to the seafood industry at such a high level. Working with quality produce like Loch Duart and having the privilege to represent them at the Brussels Seafood Expo is not only developing their skills but exposing them to industry in preparation for them moving into full time work after college. I very much look forward to developing the relationship between North Hertfordshire college and Loch Duart.”

Jaypee Escaro’s winning recipe was ‘Salmon tartare, green apple, pickles, cucumber, spring onion, radish, dill oil, Dijon mustard on rye crisps. He said:

“The opportunity to do this would expose me to the seafood industry and help me with my creativity when it comes to preparing and cooking dishes on a large scale.” 

Michael Brown’s winning recipe was ‘Blini with beetroot, orange and whisky/gin cured salmon, candied beetroot, horseradish cream and chives’. He said:

“I will benefit so from this experience because we are going to serve a lot of people and the challenge of trying to make every dish the same will develop my confidence.”

Brussels Seafood Expo takes place from the 21st - 23rd April 2020 and hosts over 29,000 visitors (buyers, suppliers, seafood professionals) from over 150 countries.

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