The College is renowned for its catering prowess, with famous chefs including Gary Rhodes and Nathan Outlaw among its previous students, and perhaps we are now seeing a new rising star adding to the list.
Eden is currently working as a commis chef at Colette’s fine dining restaurant in the five-star Grove hotel in Chandler’s Cross in Hertfordshire, under the watchful eye of Chef Russell Bateman, who trained under culinary luminaries such as Marcus Wareing, Daniel Clifford, Nico Ladenis and Marc Veyrat at his three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France.
However, Eden is also the first Broadstairs College student to have been picked to join the WorldSkills UK squad – and will possibly represent the UK at the WorldSkills finals in Kazan, Russia in 2019. She accomplished this feat at the recent National WorldSkills show at the NEC in Birmingham, where she had to undertake five three-hour tasks over two-and-a-half days. The challenges included producing a two-course meal for gluten-free customers, two courses from selected ingredients to create a fine dining delight, four different finger foods in the tapas style and two separate egg dishes with a selection of different bread rolls for casual dining.
Eden will now take part in squad training, potentially for the next two years, in order to have the chance of being selected. While only four students from around the UK were picked to join the squad, the pressure is on as only one will make it to Russia.
Eden’s father Rob Allsworth is Chef Lecturer at Broadstairs College, and he instilled in Eden a love of cooking from an early age. She started taking part in cooking competitions in 2012 at the tender age of 14 when she won the National Junior Chef, judged by Gary Rhodes. This started her love of competitions, which led to further successes including Kent Young Chef two years running and the Craft Guild of Chefs and National Hot Chef.
By this time, Eden had started training at the College. Her WorldSkills journey began the following year in 2015 at the Wessex Salon Culinaire, where she won gold in a live cookery competition. As a result, she was invited to a heat in Colchester for a skills test, where she made it into the top 10, meaning she was eligible to compete in her first WorldSkills finals later that year. This event provided her with excellent experience and last year she won a silver medal – the first WorldSkills medal won by an EKC student. This year Eden couldn't win another medal, but to be the first EKC student to reach Squad UK was a huge honour.
Rob said: “As her culinary mentor, as well as her Dad, I could not be more proud of Eden’s dedication and determination to complete her journey in WorldSkills. Each year, she has developed and grown in her skills and technique. Now that she is working full time, practising for the competition was a challenge, but she dug deep in order to win through.”