Top DGC Chef to Compete in Seafood Competition

A talented young Dumfries and Galloway College chef has won a place in the finals of the prestigious Sustainable Seafood Competition, organised by the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

Abbie Thompson saw off many other competitors from across the United Kingdom to earn her place in the finals and will present her delicious haddock taco dish to the judging panel on 30 April.

The panel of expert judges will be headed-up by Master Chefs of Great Britain Chairman, George McIvor, who will be joined by other board members and representatives from the Marine Conservation Society.

The competition is for students and chefs with a maximum of five years culinary experience and showcases the best of young British cooking talent as they compete to demonstrate what they can do with a specified ingredient.

This year, the competitors have been challenged to produce a dish using the UK’s favourite fish, haddock, and will submit a 2-3 minute video showcasing their talent and vision.

The eventual winner will receive a plaque, £250 in cash, £250 in Churchill tableware, a feature in the organisation’s magazine, and a luxury fish hamper.

Following the judges’ deliberation, the winner will be announced via Zoom on Friday 30 April at 10am.

Dumfries and Galloway College is committed to sustainability and promoting environmental issues and is delighted to have one of its students competing in a competition that promotes these worthy causes and wishes Abbie the very best of luck in the contest.

Commenting, Abbie Thompson said:

“I am thrilled to have made the finals of the Sustainable Seafood Competition and I’m very excited to show the judges what I’m capable of.

“To have made it to the finals is a personal highlight for me and I’m very proud to be competing against so many other great chefs.

“I’d also like to thank my lecturers and support staff at Dumfries and Galloway College for their help, guidance, and backing that has helped me get to this stage.”

Principal Joanna Campbell said:

“Abbie is a tremendously talented chef and it’s wonderful to see her recognised with a place in the finals of this prestigious competition.

“Sustainability is at the core of what we do at Dumfries and Galloway College and to have one of our students embody these values in the way that Abbie has done is a source of pride for us all.

“Everyone in our college community sends our congratulations and best wishes to Abbie and we’ll all be rooting for her in the competition.”

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