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" A Passion to Inspire " Winners 2023

Colchester Institute wins

‘A Passion to Inspire’

Great Team

Sophia Bearman

Stephanie Etherington 

Jess Hornsby

Full Press Release 

A Passion To Inspire Final 2023

Winning Menu

Baron Bigod, pea & asparagus tart, pea & truffle purée Barons Lane rosé 2021, New Hall Wine Estate, Essex.

To Follow
Roasted rack of Dingley Dell pork, pommes Anna, roasted baby vegetables, black pudding stuffing, sauce Robert
‘El Compadre’ Pinot Noir 2019, Vallede Malleco, Viña Echeverria.

To Finish
Passion scented spheres, shortbread crumb, compressed mango Verbena Spritz cocktail.


Overall Winners prizes:

Grande Cuisine Academy:

4 places to the winning team will be going on a very special trip to Lyon and a Culinary adventure through the valleys Grande Cuisine Academy.

Skills for Chefs 2023:

and they will meet Culinary Legend Marco Pierre White and other Great Chefs Sally Abe, Henrique sá Pessoa, Andrew Gravett, and Luke French Skills For Chefs 2023


Knife rolls – from Jazz Chefi


Mark Poynton’s Great Culinary Journey with His New Great Cookbook


Great Prizes for all involved

  1. Best team – Adnams - Lunch for 4 at The Swan Southwold and a Brewery Tour Winner Suffolk New College

  2. Best Cocktail - cocktail masterclass with us at The Wine Cellar BSE – Cambridge Regional College

  3. Wastage - Accommodation and dinner at Titchwell Manor – City College Norwich

  4. Best service - A Fantastic day at Infusions ICE Experience - New City College


  5. Best wine matches -Wine Tasting Experience with Hallgarten and Novum Wines – West Suffolk College

  6. Best use of Pork - College farm visit to Dingley Dell Pork Farm – Suffolk New College


Mark Poynton, Bradley Dorrington , Nick Mills , Greg Anderson, Eric Snaith, Buzz , Nick Claxton Webb and Ed Keith

Partners and Support

Congratulations to Colchester Institute, Suffolk New College, Cambridge Regional College, West Suffolk College, City College Norwich, New City College Hackney for reaching the grand final. To reach the final - 6 Heats - 37 teams - 111 Students and lots of Great Lecturers - Mentors - Chefs and Employers

The competition was sponsored and supported by Russums, Ponthier, True Foods Stocks , The Wine Cellar BSE ,Hallgarten & Novum Wines. Grande Cuisine Academy, Dingley Dell , Anglia Produce, Direct Meats, Adnams, Skills for Chefs , The Craft Guild of Chefs, H and C News , Cheffi , Koppert Cress , Titchwell Manor , First Contact Chefs ,Caistor Hall, Infusions Group , Fen Farm - Baron Bigod , Novo Farina

Special Gifts for all the Finalists

Great Support - A Passion to Inspire Chef Jackets and aprons from Richard at Russums and from Paul at Ponthier Special cocktail shakers and recipe booklets for all the FOH finalists and for the Chefs and Spatula’s and scrapers for the Chefs With Special Goodie Bags from Ice with special presents for all Dishoom and So Good Magazine

A Massive Special thank you

to the Paul Smith and the whole team at City College Norwich for hosting and supporting a fantastic day with such brilliant Hospitality and wonderful support from the Photography Students Jodi Causbysmith, Alice Greenslade, Jessica Parker, Lucy Roffey and Richard Steer with Pictures and social media – you are all superstars.

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