Super College wins International Cook Off

Student chefs from City of Glasgow College triumphed in an international cook-off against Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.

The team of Professional Cookery students from the College competed against Culinary Arts students from Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College in the live challenge which was judged by renowned Scottish chefs Brian Maule and Jacqueline O’Donnell.

The exhibition was part of the celebrations at the Gala Launch of City of Glasgow College’s new ten-storey Catherdral Street City campus. The Gala Evening saw hundreds of high-profile figures from the worlds of education and politics come together to mark the completion of the college’s £228million twin-site supercampus development.

The cook-off cast a spotlight on the partnership City of Glasgow College has established with Anne Arundel Community College, which will see the launch of a formal international student exchange programme next year .

City of Glasgow College Principal Paul Little said:

“Strong synergies exist between our two colleges and I’m delighted we are able to enter into this agreement which both our colleges will benefit from. Anne Arundel Community College was recently voted as one of the best culinary and hospitality schools in the USA, whilst City of Glasgow College continues to cement its reputation as a world-class provider of hospitality training with continued wins at high-profile competitions and award ceremonies such as WorldSkills, the Catey Awards and The Craft Guild of Chef’s Young National Chef of the Year.”

Carrie Svoboda, who studies Culinary Arts at Anne Arundel Community College, said: “The opportunity for Anne Arundel Community College students to be able to spend a semester in Scotland, attending classes at City of Glasgow College, is something that many can only dream of. These are experiences that most chefs never have the opportunity to have. The partnership between the two colleges will be of great benefit to both current and future students.”

The delighted City of Glasgow College winners were presented with their trophy by Scotland's Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Educations & Skills, John Swinney, who attended the Gala Evening to officially launch the super campus.