International students serve up a tasty treat at world food challenge

August 2016

Watching his mum prepare food paid off for Thai student Paul Poon when he scooped the inaugural Pot-Luck Party challenge at UCB.

Paul, from Bangkok, beat a host of fellow international students at a special cook-off at McIntyre House, winning over the judges with his delicious dish of chicken with pepper and garlic.

The fun competition was held to help students bond during their pre-sessional English courses, which take place in the summer before the start of the new academic year.

Paul, who is set to study digital marketing, said he was stunned to win the contest and owed everything to his mother, who he helped in the kitchen as a young boy.

Overseas students from nations as varied as China and Saudi Arabia took part in the event, which was organised by Stuart Perks, of the University’s English Development Centre.

Stuart said: “It is the first time we have held the competition and we hope to develop it for the future. It is a truly inter-cultural event, with food from all over the world.”

In total, there were 18 dishes including a Chinese spiced beef (which came second), steamed dumplings, Yangzhou fried rice, chicken wings in cola and basbousa, an Egyptian cake (which won highly commended for a team from Saudi Arabia).

Paul’s winning dish is now set to be served on the menu at EatSpace, the café at McIntyre House, during the new academic year.