Students impress with food skills

The Devonshire Dome, home to the Buxton campus of the University of Derby
The Devonshire Dome, home to the Buxton campus of the University of Derby

Businesses have been coming back for second helpings after getting a taste of what students at the University of Derby Buxton can serve up.

The culinary arts students provided the buffet for the judges at Bakewell Show - and won not only praise from the experts, but also an invitation to return next year and a contract to provide the celebratory dinner at a major international cycling race which comes to Derbyshire for the first time in 2014.

“They weren’t just good, they were exceptional,” said Bakewell Show Manager Janet Bailey. “It was one of the best buffets we’ve ever had, and we have invited the students to cater our event next year.”

Janet added that one of the judges – the Duchess of Devonshire – went over to the students to compliment them personally on their work.

And the buffet so impressed one of the organisers of L’Eroica – a gruelling cycling race born on the tracks of the Tuscan hills – that he signed up the university team to cater for its farewell dinner when the event climaxes in Bakewell after touring the Peak District.