Sharpening Up His Food Skills

It’s competition time for Zak!

Our learners are really getting into the swing of competitions to build confidence and skills. In 2021, Elin represented Wales in food preparation for Worldskills and earlier this year Ellie got to grips with the national Inclusive Skills Horticulture Competition.

We’re delighted to introduce our next competitor, Zak, tackling the Inclusive Skills Food Preparation Competition.

The Crucial Skill Set

Food preparation is at the heart of any successful kitchen. During this competition Zak was assessed on his knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Health & Safety
  • Hygiene
  • Knife Skills
  • Use of Equipment
  • Presentation Skills
  • Knowledge of Flavour Combinations

He had just one hour to complete his task, which was recorded remotely and then submitted for judging.

A Three-Part Food Preparation Task

A salad, sandwich and desert were all on the menu for Zak. But these were not quite as straightforward as they may sound! The brief stated a rainbow salad – using as many colourful fresh ingredients as possible, a cheese and onion sandwich – on sliced brown bread – and a portion of Eton Mess. Jamie Oliver eat your heart out! Zak had to prepare all his dishes in just one hour under the scrutiny of the camera.

Zak making a rainbow salad.
What type of salad would you like? Rainbow please. No problem!

Skills on Show

As well as understanding the brief, Zak had to show his chopping skills, carefully preparing the salad, onion, cheese and strawberries. He also had to whisk up the cream for the Eton Mess live during the recording. Even though there was quite a bit of pressure, Zak stayed calm and focussed and created a beautiful meal for judging. He even managed to keep his chef whites spick and span! We’ve submitted his entry and will find out later this month how he got on.

Zak preparing food.

Being Part of Something Bigger

The Welsh Government’s Skills Competitions have been designed to build confidence and experience in vocational learning. Successful competitors then have the opportunity to progress through to WorldSkills UK.

We believe all young people should be given equal access to improving their skills, regardless of disability. Our learners have got so much from the chance to be involved in such prestigious competitions.