/ Author: SPF

Last month, SPF had the honour of sponsoring the 2024 Guernsey Institute’s annual Business Kitchen Challenge. This exciting event saw three teams of second-year BTEC business students competing for the top spot, showcasing their remarkable culinary skills.

The talent on display exceeded all expectations, with everyone working together to create some truly exceptional dishes. Our esteemed panel of judges, including representatives from SPF, Sovereign Group, and the Guernsey Press, observed the teams in action and savoured their delicious creations.

The Business Kitchen Challenge, however, goes beyond cooking. It tests business studies students on essential skills such as budgeting, time management, and communication.

Speaking at the Guernsey Institute’s Celebration of Achievement Event on Friday, SPF associate Gary Wallbridge emphasised, “While food is produced, the award is all about how teams conduct themselves in the task of preparing the meal, controlling the budget, keeping the kitchen tidy, and having a good team leader.” He added, “The presentation and eating of the food is the culmination of that task.

SPF had a fantastic time presenting the awards and are thrilled to congratulate Popperdons for taking the top prize! The judges were particularly impressed with Popperdons’ duo of starters—bao buns and bruschetta. The fact that the team made the bao buns from scratch was a real coup, as they were soft and delicious, forming part of an excellent starter.

The judges also praised the team for their excellent communication and strong leadership, with everyone understanding their role.

Popperdons expressed that they learned a lot from the challenge, particularly the importance of teamwork, communication, and time management.

In addition, Gary awarded prizes to Simmer Down and Michelin Stars, whose chocolate brownie he deemed the ‘star of the show’!

Congratulations to all the teams for their hard work and dedication. We look forward to continuing to support the Guernsey Institute and the Kitchen Challenge in the future.







Photo credit: Sophie Rabey