29 Jan 2018
Kevin McCafferty, an HND Professional Cookery student at City of Glasgow College, is heading to India to showcase his talents at an international culinary competition involving more than 60 countries from around the world.
The 22 year old student was chosen to represent Scotland as not only was he was part of the student team who defeated the USA to win the prestigious Atlantic Cup, but he also won a silver medal for culinary art at the 2017 UK Skills Show.
Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive, City of Glasgow College, said:
"Being selected to take part in such a prestigious international competition is an outstanding achievement. Team City is delighted that Kevin is representing both Scotland and City of Glasgow College in India, and having our very own MasterChef and Scotland’s National Chef of Scotland alongside will no doubt be a great reassurance. We wish him the very best of luck.”
Kevin will be mentored throughout the competition by senior chef lecturer at City of Glasgow College, and Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean, who said:
“This is a fantastic learning and development opportunity for Kevin. He will mix with some of the world’s top student chefs and get to see an incredible range of different cooking styles. The judges are some of the world’s finest chefs so the competition will be tough with a lot of pressure but Kevin has proved himself at competition level so is more than capable of taking on this challenge.”
City of Glasgow College first won the Atlantic Cup against Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College in 2016 and then retained the title in July last year. Being part of the winning team helped towards Kevin’s selection for the Young Chef Olympiad. He said:
“Anne Arundel Community College is regarded as one of the best culinary schools in America, so winning twice against them was a great achievement. It was a tough and intense competition which was good for my confidence and I know that experience will help me during the Olympiad which I am really looking forward to.”
The competition, now in its fourth year, runs from Sunday 28 January to Friday 2 February. It kicks off with an Opening Ceremony in Delhi where the first round also takes place. Kevin and Gary then travel to Kolkata for round two and the grand finale when the winner will be announced.