The 2020 Heat Competition will take place from the 9th to the 12th of March

The Inter College Culinary Competition

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HEAT is unique. It’s one of the best culinary competitions out there that gives students an opportunity like no other.  It is a competition that equally judges both the kitchen and front of house.  Qualifying heats are held throughout the UK with the main event taking place annually in March in Jersey.  In previous years, chefs from Michelin starred restaurants leading the college teams have included Mark Jordan, Frances Atkins and Lee Smith.

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2020 Finalists Announced

The 2020 finalists have been announced.

The finalists have been announced for the culinary college competition HEAT, that is back this March for a fourth year. Top colleges in the UK have competed to win the opportunity to reach the final of this prestigious culinary competition in Jersey that has become a highlight in the National Craft Guild of Chefs events calendar.

The four finalists are: Farnborough College, Llandrillo College, South Eastern College from Bangor College and the Jersey team from Highlands College. Rising stars in the hospitality industry, both in the kitchen and front of house will go head-to-head over 2-days of competition, led by a high profile chef from each college location. They will all mentor and lead teams to cook a 4-course meal for diners and battle it out at Highlands College to win the Peter Queree Trophy.


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The 2020 judging panel consisted of some truly world class Chefs; Paul Gayler MBE, Andrew Bennett MBE, Stephen Scuffell and Henry Brosi. Find out more about the esteemed judging panel.

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Heat is a completely  unique  in the competition calendar it really stretches both the Students and the Lecturers and makes them think not only about competition work but also the commercial aspect of running a restaurant.  The trip to the final at Highlands college and the whole Jersey experience has changed many of these students lives going forward and motivated them beyond belief .  Heat is one of very few cook and serve competitions and I don’t know any that engage teams of ten that include lecturers and high profile chefs from industry working along side the students all competing as one team.

Stephen Scuffell

Chair of Vice-Presidents, Craft Guild of Chefs

Heat is an amazing opportunity for any college and more importantly the students to get involved with, as it gives a unique insight to the fabulous island of Jersey and what it offers in terms of quality and sustainable food.

For any college to have the chance to spend four days and deliver a dining experience to 50 guests is so special and rewarding

Andrew Bennett MBE

Craft Guild of Chefs

The HEAT Culinary Competition provides participating UK students with a fantastic opportunity to experience the wonderful island of Jersey, both as a tourist and foodie destination with all the amazing commodities on offer, and also as a potential career option. The HEAT Competition also provides excellent networking opportunities between the Jersey and UK trainees. Since it’s inception, a total of 80 students have reaped the benefits of this fantastic culinary and cultural experience.

Sue Kenyon

Professional Association for Catering Education

This competition is an excellent way for young aspiring hospitality workers to hone their skills. Not only does it give them an insight into what it is truly like to work with high-calibre chefs, but it shows them that if they work hard enough, they will reap high rewards. Given the industry’s skills shortage, it is crucial that chefs and front of house figureheads lead the next generation to nurture the UK’s culinary scene. It’s great to see Jersey in the spotlight, as it has long been an understated destination for food enthusiasts and it has so much to offer – from great produce to brilliant restaurants. Roll on Heat 2020!

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

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