Culinary triple in sight today for Loughborough College students

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A pair of talented Loughborough College students today head to two major events with no fewer than three top culinary titles in their sights.

Emily Bucknall joins young chefs from all over the world in London for the announcement of the Lion Awards and People’s Choice Award winners while Sian Dixon goes head to head in Sheffield for the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards 2017 semi finals – whose past winners include Michelin-starred chefs.

Emily was named amongst a select group of 2017 City & Guilds Medal for Excellence winners in recognition of her outstanding performance in the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery, putting her in the running to be honoured with a coveted Lion Award. At today’s ceremony, held at Kensington’s Roof Gardens, Emily will also find out if she has been successful in the People’s Choice Award – voted for by the public.

Sian Dixon is meanwhile in line for a spot in the final of the prestigious Graduate Awards but will first face challenges including a mystery box and a theory paper.

“Sian is going north with teacher Julie Eldridge while I accompany Emily south and in the space of a day the students are in the running for three titles,” said Loughborough College Hospitality and Catering lead Darren Creed.

“There is a garden party for the Lion Awards and young people are coming from all over the world to attend. It is a fantastic achievement for Emily to have already been awarded the Medal for Excellence We will just enjoy it and see what happens – Emily is quite laid back.

“The standard Sian has to meet is high. It is a mammoth task but if she achieves it she will be mentored by one of the country’s leading chefs for the final stage.”

“I know what to expect and I’ve been feeling quite chilled but I know the nerves are coming,” added Sian. “I’ve worked very hard to prepare though and I’m definitely ready.”

Pictured: Loughborough College's Emily Bucknall (left) and Sian Dixon in competition

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