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Golden taste of success

Staff at Glenrothes College are basking in the latest successes of the catering department after students struck gold and silver at a major catering competition.

Students Tristan Farmer, William Boyter, Pamela Fowlis and George Scott along with David Edwards, their lecturer and the team captain, saw off the cream of international opposition to take a gold medal in the Parade des Chefs at Hotelympia in London.

Only four teams out of 20 that entered were regarded as good enough to take gold - the others were from Sodhexo, Avenance and the Savoy Hotel. Edward Campbell, head of the faculty of business, hospitality and leisure, said:

"This was a remarkable achievement considering the quality of teams who didn't win gold."

Another team won silver for its entry in the "cold table" section of the competition which saw only one gold medal awarded.

Mr Campbell said: "We have successfully used competition to drive up standards and as a result our students are sought after. A number of them work in some of the most prestigious establishments in Scotland. We have students working and living in France as a result of our work-experience programme."

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