Victory for Sanah as she competes for the first time

June 2016

London’s calling for young UCB chef Sanah Masood after victory at the British Turkey Student Chef of the Year cook-off. 

The competition, held at UCB, was fiercely contended by young chefs from colleges across the UK. Students were required to cook a starter and main course using the theme ‘Best of British’. 

At stake was the chance to see their dish recreated for more than 300 guests at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London later this year, plus two days’ work experience at the hotel. 

Sanah’s dish of ballotine of turkey breast and thigh, sage and onion farce, garden vegetables, Cumberland gel, crispy skin and turkey jus, proved to be a hit with the judges, who named it the best main course. 

The 24-year-old’s achievement was all the greater given it was her first experience of cooking in a competition. The Level 3 Professional Cookery student said: “I really didn’t expect to win, I just wanted to present something I was happy with. I couldn’t have done it without my mentor and chef lecturer Glyn Jacklin. We changed the dish so many times and put the hard work in together.” 

Glyn added: “Sanah is a model student. She put in a lot of hard work and practice, and I’m delighted she’s been rewarded. There’s a lot of pressure on a young student when they haven’t competed before, but Sanah showed control and focus.” 

The judging panel included Andrew Bennett MBE, food and beverage director at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, Paul Kelly, Chairman of the British Turkey Federation, and Sheila Eggleston, food and drink editor of Eat Out and Cost Sector Catering magazines.