Lo Rises High to Take Chefs at Play Title
Wendy Lo, 23, a student chef and protégée of ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ winner, and City of Glasgow College chef lecturer, Gary MacLean, wowed judges with her stunning take on the competition brief ‘A Taste of Spring’ – a sweet Coup de pates tartelette case, filled with honey blossom mousse, topped with elderflower and strawberry jelly and lemon curd, garnished with fresh strawberries, blueberries and pistachio nuts.
Wendy’s show stopping on-the-go patisserie item will now be recreated by Coup de pates team of development chefs, alongside herself for sale on Fridays instalment at this year’s Taste of London Festival in June.
Speaking just after the announcement, Wendy said: “I’m so excited, I can’t really take it in. It was such a close call, because everybody’s creations were so good, and so different with regards to flavours. I just wanted to make something that reflected British seasonality and bursts of spring colour – a celebration of the great outdoors. To have it recreated for Taste of London, and to get the chance to work there with the team, is such an amazing opportunity for me – I can’t wait.”
Cooking alongside her on stand will be Chef Ambassador for Aryzta Food Solutions (the parent company of Coup de pates), James Tanner. He and fellow judges oversaw Friday’s final which saw Wendy competing against Combined Services chef Aaron Kenny, 23; University College Birmingham’s Alice Prothero, 21, and owner of The Sweet Life sandwich bar, Jennifer Brummitt, 22.
Commenting on the competition, James said: “What a fantastic showcase for young pastry talent in the UK. The pressure was on, yet all around we saw cool heads, professionalism, sublime skill and, most importantly, smiling faces. The passion and innovation really showed in the four final creations – in the end, Wendy’s handle of flavour and her insistence on simplicity paired with seasonality, shone through. Congratulations to all four finalists, you’ve done yourselves and your mentors proud. I can’t wait to see Wendy in action yet again at Taste of London.”
Winner: Wendy Lo, 23, Glasgow College: ‘A Taste of Spring’.
Highly Commended: Aaron Kenny, 23, Combined Services: ‘Orelys and Lime Frappe Tart’.
Runner-Up: Jennifer Brummitt, 22, Owner of The Sweet Life sandwich bar: ‘Traditional Mojito Tart’.
Runner-Up: Alice Prothero, 21, University College Birmingham: ‘Margarita Taco’.
Coup de pates’ Chefs at Play competition invited working and aspiring chefs aged between 18 and 23 to submit a paper recipe idea for an innovative new creation that twins two of the foodservice world’s biggest current trends – patisserie and food on-the-go. Chefs had one of eight base products – sourced from Coup de pates’ semi-prepared range – from which to build their recipe.
Four finalists were then chosen to bring their paper entries to life in a live cook-off, with Wendy emerging victorious.
To register for tickets to Taste of London, visit: https://london.tastefestivals.com/tickets/
A principal supplier in France for a quarter of a century, Coup de pates launched in the UK at the beginning of 2014 with a proposition of super high-end frozen bakery and handmade semi-prepared products, created for professionals.
The Coup de pates brand is the high-end foodservice arm of bakery group, ARYZTA Food Solutions, a UK food solution specialist – parent to a family of brands to meet the needs of modern hospitality. Sub-brands include: Coup de pates; everyday favourites from La Carte; gourmet Swiss baker, Hiestand; beverage solutions from Pro Juice and fine artisan garnishes from Bouquet Garni.
Date Posted: 17th May 2017