Coleg Llandrillo student crowned champion in Seafood Week college cooking competition

14 October 2016

Students from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Coleg Llandrillo and Coleg Menai of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai competed in a special event held at Coleg Llandrillo marking Seafood Week to see who could net the best seafood dish.

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The competition and special seafood dinner that followed celebrated Seafood Week by highlighting the best of seasonal Welsh seafood, provided by event sponsors Mon Shellfish, Mermaid Seafoods and WM Shellfish. The competition also gave level two college students the opportunity to work with high quality, local produce - building skills and knowledge they will take with them into their professional careers.

The overall winner was Joshua Roberts from Coleg Llandrillo with his starter of queen scallop ceviche with lime and mint and main course dish using Welsh seabass and Menai mussels with soba noodles and kombu broth. Second place was taken by Jake Bradshaw from Coleg Menai and third was Ryan Hannah from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

The competition was judged by Arwel Jones, Executive Chef at The Imperial, Llandudno and Nikki Hawkins, Seafish's Trade Engagement Manger who has many years of experience working with the food service sector.

Seafood Week celebrates the amazing seafood on offer in the UK, creating the perfect platform to encourage more people to eat more fish more often. Whether it's promoting seafood in the home, at a café, restaurant, fish and chip shop, or at an event, our campaign provides all sectors of the industry with the opportunity to get involved.

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The campaign will run from October 7 to 14 and showcase a different seafood species on each of the eight days, as well as featuring a daily 'inspiration of the day' to promote different fish dishes.

Seafood Week was reintroduced in 2015 following a seven year hiatus and has successfully developed partnerships with major supermarkets Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Aldi, The Co-operative, Iceland and M&S, alongside famous seafood brands Young's, Birdseye, Whitby Seafoods and the SaucyFish Co.

Chief Executive of Seafish, Marcus Coleman, said: "This event is one of a number of exciting things taking place across the UK and we'd encourage everyone to get involved to make this year's Seafood Week even bigger and better than ever!"

Programme Area Manager for Hospitality and Catering, Pauline Dale MBE, said: "Grŵp Llandrillo Menai was pleased to be able to support this year's Seafood Week. The students from across all three colleges - including many multi-award winners - produced a fantastic array of seafood-based dishes, using local, quality produce, during the inter-college competition."

Last year's Seafood Week generated an estimated benefit of around £18million for the seafood industry and this year's event promises to be even bigger. The eight-day celebration is free to join and by signing up, businesses can reap the benefits of Seafood Week while also advertising their products or services through our interactive map on the Seafood Week website.