Møller Centre’s Caroline Tardy wins National ‘Best Cocktails’ Award
Caroline Tardy, Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Møller Centre, won the Junior ‘Best Cocktails’ Award at the prestigious Venues of Excellence ‘Cook and Serve Challenge’ hosted by Cambridge Regional College.
The ‘Cook and Serve Challenge’, now in its 18th year, is of Venues of Excellence’s annual culinary competition showcasing the very best aspiring talent within the catering teams of it’s 30 plus members, all of whom are exceptional venues delivering excellence in conferences, training and events.
Stuart Websdale, Chairman of Venues of Excellence and General Manager of the Møller Centre explained, “This competition is a fantastic annual opportunity to showcase the very best aspiring talent within the catering teams of Venues of Excellence members. CRC’s facilities are the best in the history of the competition and they did a brilliant job at hosting us all. The competition requires entrants to prepare and serve a three course meal, suitable for an end of conference banquet. The meal is accompanied by cocktails, appropriate wines and coffee. The skills and innovation on show were phenomenal and I was very proud that two ofmy colleagues Liam Scott and Caroline Tardy represented the Møller Centre with such flair and finesse. The colleagues who supported Liam and Caroline are highly experienced and skilled, which demonstrates The Møller Centre’s strong focus on the development of these individuals and their team.”
Caroline, winner of the Junior Best Cocktails Award explained; “I was proud to win this award having spent the last few month practising perfecting the quantities and balance of ingredients. I made a Margarita cocktail and also a strawberry and basil non-alcoholic Mojito. It was a great experience and I had a lot of support from my Møller colleagues – mostly after the working day, from those wanting to sample my practice cocktails.”
Darren Chamberlain, Deputy General Manager commented, “The competition was of an extremely high standard with judges and everyone who attended commenting on the high levels of skill and delivery. Liam’s dishes were admired by all especially the dessert, tobacco infused chocolate mousse with crushed biscuits (pictured below). Unfortunately, Liam narrowly missed out on the top accolade. Caroline was judged on her food delivery knowledge and cocktail making abilities and I was delighted that she deservedly won the best cocktail making award, taking away with her a plaque to mark her success along with a bottle of champagne.”
Images: (top): Caroline and Liam (centre) with their team leaders at the Venues of Excellence Award Ceremony
(top right): Caroline with her award certificate
(right): Liam’s highly commended Tobacco infused chocolate mousse.
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The Møller Institute, is an award winning residential conference and management training centre in Cambridge, providing a focused environment, excellent service, fine food and purpose-designed facilities.