We are the lead sponsors of the key industry competition ‘The Country Range Student Chef Challenge’ run in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs. We are committed to working with the Craft Guild of Chefs, colleges and lecturers to provide a platform for the next generation of chefs to build and showcase their culinary skills and gain invaluable experience within a well-established competition format.

"We are delighted to support this well-respected competition. It is important that students are given the opportunity to showcase their skills within the industry.  The Student Chef competition not only does this but, throughout the course of the competition, provides further support and development of their talent. We are excited to be working with the colleges, students and the Craft Guild of Chefs to build an even greater event."

Coral Rose, Managing Director of Country Range Group

Now in its 23rd year, the annual Country Range Student Chef Challenge has become the pinnacle for full-time hospitality and catering college students across the whole of the UK and Ireland looking to showcase their culinary prowess and creativity, while developing “real life” catering skills and experience under intense pressure situations.

For the 2016/17 Challenge, we asked teams to prepare, cook and present a three-course, three-cover menu within a 90-minute period. At the semi-final heats in February 2017, the teams were judged on their unqiue interprestation of the ‘Healthy Gourmet Fine Dining’ theme and the taste, presentation, teamwork, seasoning, culinary skills, working methods and the overall balance of the menu.

The eight teams who made it through to the final are set to do battle in the Live Theatre of ScotHot, Scotland’s biggest food, drink and hospitality show held at the SECC in Glasgow, on 15th March.


Below are then all-female team from Loughborough College led by lecturer Darren Creed who won the 2015/2016 Country Range Student Chef Challenge. Which college will be crowned the 2017 winner?


Are you up to the Challenge?
Find out more about the Challenge and to find out how you can enter the 2016/2017 competition visit