Student takes Coup de Pates competition

Wendy Lo of City of Glasgow College has won Coup de Pates’ Chefs at Play, after a four-way final cook-off last week.

Lo, 23, a student chef and a protégée of Masterchef: The Professionals winner and City of Glasgow College chef lecturer Gary MacLean, wowed judges with her “stunning” take on the competition brief A Taste of Spring.

She made a sweet Coup de Pates tartelette case, filled with honey blossom mousse, topped with elderflower and strawberry jelly and lemon curd, garnished with fresh strawberries, blueberries and pistachio nuts.

The on-the-go patisserie item will now be recreated by Lo and Coup de Pates’ team of development chefs for sale at this year’s Taste of London Festival in June.

Lo said: “I’m so excited, I can’t really take it in. It was such a close call, because everybody’s creations were so good, and so different.

“To have it recreated for Taste of London, and to get the chance to work there with the team, is such an amazing opportunity for me – I can’t wait.”

The finalists:

  • Winner: Wendy Lo, 23, Glasgow College: A Taste of Spring
  • Highly Commended: Aaron Kenny, 23, Combined Services: Orelys and Lime Frappe Tart
  • Runner-up: Jennifer Brummitt, 22, Owner of The Sweet Life sandwich bar: Traditional Mojito Tart
  • Runner-up: Alice Prothero, 21, University College Birmingham: Margarita Taco

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