UWL student Marian’s vol-au-vents prove victorious

Marian Tandy accepts her award.

A University of West London student wowed the judges at the Grand Final of the Pidy ‘Revamp the Vol-au-vent Student Challenge’, which took place on Thursday at the Claire Clark Academy at Milton Keynes College.

Marian Tandy, a second-year student on the BA (Hons) Food and Professional Cookery course at UWL, took home the first prize for her Japanese salmon teriyaki canapés, which were served in a Pidy zakouski with sesame seeds, wasabi and spring onion.

To get her skilled hands on the trophy, Marian competed with seven other finalists to best impress a panel of judges that included Claire Clark, MBE.

UWL student Marian Tandy accepting her trophy

The prize for coming first included £200 of Nisbets vouchers and a dining experience for two at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a 2 Michelin Star restaurant.

Nathan Vasanthan, Lecturer at the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism at UWL, said:

I would like to congratulate Marian for this achievement. I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring Marian and have seen her exceptional commitment, both for her studies and this competition. It’s great to see that her hard work, methodical approach and attention to detail have paid off.

Organised on behalf of Pidy UK, the Pidy ‘Revamp the vol-au-vent’ Student Challenge” was open to part-time and full-time students enrolled in catering colleges around the UK.

Learn more about the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism.