Dagenham cookery student wins cafe competition

PUBLISHED: 09:33 23 March 2017

Whilamina ,19, impressed the judges with her

Whilamina ,19, impressed the judges with her "‘Golden Balls"’ dish, which consists of Thai styled fishcakes with coleslaw, accompanied by a lime and chilli mayonnaise.


A 19-year-old cookery student is celebrating after winning a competition to get her dish added to the menu of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s cafe chain.

Whilamina Gunu’s “Golden Balls” dish of Thai-style fish cakes with coleslaw and a lime and chilli mayonnaise beat fellow regional finalists Lucy Ellis and Diakalaye Diakhite to win and will now be added to the menu of Cafe Football in Stratford.

Three finalists from Newham College were judged on the taste, presentation and cost of their dishes as well as how well they worked in the kitchen.

Head chef from the cafe in Westfield Stratford City, Giovann Attard, said that the dishes the students created would make excellent additions to the menu, but Whilamina, from Dagenham, was the winner as the flavours she brought together were “simply outstanding”.

“All the finalists should be extremely proud of their efforts,” he said.

The college’s hospitality and catering course leader Gary Johnson, said: “The students have been inspired and excited by the prospect of seeing a dish they have created appear on a menu.

“This competition has been a huge transition for the students. The cafe staff have really enthused our chefs.”

The new menu will be launched at the end of April.

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