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Rising star Aaron leads team to bronze at Culinary Olympics

Aaron (front) with UCB teammates and mentors Mike Edwards and Richard Taylor

Aaron Darnley, Chef de Partie at The Queens in Belbroughton, has won a bronze medal leading the Junior England team from University College Birmingham, in the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany.

The culinary challenge, organised every four years, took place from 5-10 October in Erfurt and is widely regarded as one of the biggest culinary exhibitions and competitions amongst chefs and patissiers worldwide.

Aaron’s teammates included April Setchley, Tom Campbell, Jake Sheldon, Richard Harvey and Brandon Smith, all currently students at UCB. The young team of six battled against twenty seven other countries in the competition, mentored by UCB chef lecturers Mike Edwards & Richard Taylor.

For the main part of the competition, all competitiors were required to cook a two course menu for 100 people. After creating a menu of goats curd mousse with apple jelly and horseradish followed by poached plaice with potted shrimps, the young England team were rewarded with bronze medals for their efforts.

Fast becoming a rising star in the culinary world, 23 year old team captain Aaron from Solihull, has already participated at three other major world chefs’ competitions and in 2010 was awarded the Johnnie Borra Memorial Award by the British Culinary Federation, presented to the most promising young chef under the age of 25.

Aaron who started his career at the Birmingham College of Food has since worked under the tutorage of Head Chef at The Queens, Andy Waters.

Commenting on Aaron’s achievements Andy said: ‘It is a fantastic for Aaron and his team to be recognised at the Culinary Olympics, one of the most respected international culinary challenges. It makes us very proud that he represents The Queens in such a professional way and at such an early stage in his career. Aaron is a credit to the Midlands and to the industry”.

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