Innovative burgers made by food students in Nantwich scooped a bronze medal in a national contest.

The students from Reaseheath College earned the gong in the first round of the EBLEX “England’s Best Burger Challenge”.

Recipes for the minted lamb and chilli beef burgers were designed by food technology and management students as part of their studies in meat science.

The burgers were then made by food preparation and cooking students.

EBLEX represents the beef and lamb industry in England and runs the competition as part of its campaign to boost quality and innovation.

The contest is open to any catering or butchery establishment and this year attracted record entries from throughout England.

This was the first time Reaseheath had entered.

Butchery lecturer Doug Ewen said: “This was a fantastic result for the students as there is no guarantee you will receive any award, especially on the first attempt.

“It was an excellent achievement which the student can add to their CVs and which will help them as they progress into their chosen careers.”

Competition organiser Hugh Judd said: “The quality of entries this year was very high.

“Reaseheath students did extremely well, particularly as they were competing against entries from the whole of the burger sector.”

Reaseheath is launching a new Level 2 Diploma in Professional Butchery course, aimed at school leavers, in September.

(Pic: Level 1 Food Preparation and Cooking students Sam Owen, Adam Timmis and Stephen Cook sample their prize winning burgers, watched by Doug Ewen)

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