Bristol Mayor, Top Chefs and Catering Students Compete in Bristol Bites Food Quiz

The Star and Dove, Totterdown played host to The Chefs’ Forum Inaugural Food Quiz.

Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson attended to support Bristol chefs and test his culinary knowledge against local industry experts.

 George Ferguson was very impressed with The Chefs’ Forum and the way it links catering and hospitality students with professionals in industry. He commented:

“Top chefs must teach and hand on their knowledge to the next generation.  This is not only good for Bristol’s local economy, but great for the local catering industry”.

The first prize of a Total Produce sponsored Oliver Harvey Chef Jacket Quiz was won by Head Chef Dave Mc Goff of Arnolfini – A certified food expert! Adrian Kirikmaa, City of Bristol College and TV Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson and scooped second and third place respectively.  The Bristol-based fresh produce supplier also donated a pair of swedes as a booby prize which was won by another top chef who shall remain nameless.

Emily Knight of Bristol Bites set the tricky questions, read the quiz and did a fantastic job!  Emily holds a similar food quiz at The Star and Dove on the first Monday of every month – Pre-booking is essential to secure a table at this extremely popular foodie pursuit!

Entry to the quiz is £1.50 per person, with a maximum team size of four – if you’d like to pre-book a table for next month’s quiz on the 2nd September, call The Star & Dove on 0117 933 2892.

Hospitality and Catering teaching staff and students from City of Bristol College very much enjoyed taking part in the Food Quiz.

Adrian Kirikmaa Founder Committee Member of The Chefs’ Forum and RWE Curriculum Manager at City of Bristol College said:

“We pride ourselves in arming our students with in-depth knowledge of ingredients, this quiz tested what they learnt throughout their course and tested the knowledge of the professional chefs.  It also provided an ideal opportunity for them to meet perspective employers in an informal environment”!

The Award-Winning Team at The Star and Dove comprises of top chefs Matt Duggan, Tim Denny and Leigh Pascoe who describe their cooking as

‘Historical vision with a modern approach and technical excellence’.

Bristol Good Food Award winners of ‘Best British Restaurant’ laid on a Tudor BBQ for Bristol’s top chefs with dishes such as ‘Birds of a nest’  where various game including duck, quail and pigeon are served in a kataifi pastry nest. The Star and Dove chefs will also cook crayfish and a selection of whole baked fish in their clay oven.

This was the sort of food  served at the final dinner of King Henry VIII in 1520 to celebrate the 11th year of his reign.  Yesterday, it was served at The Star and Dove to celebrate the attendance of The Bristol Mayor at our industry event, showcasing the best chefs and ingredients and local suppliers making up the fantastic Bristol Food scene as we know it.

Catherine Farinha, founder committee member of The Chefs Forum stated:

“The purpose of this event was to offer our busy chefs a fun way to test their knowledge, network with peers and suppliers to keep their finger on the industry pulse.  It will also gave newly-graduated City of Bristol College students an opportunity to meet perspective employers and meet some of the top connoisseurs in the local restaurant industry”.

Other top local chefs involved in the Chefs’ Forum as part of The Committee include Michelin-starred Chefs Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap, Richard Davies of The Manor House Hotel, recently featured on The Great British Menu, Chris Wicks (Top Bristol Chef) and Michelin-starred Sam Moody of The Bath Priory.  Their involvement means that the next generation of student chefs are learning from the best!