TOP culinary students from North Devon College will compete against the best this June at the Nestle Toque d Or competition. The six four cooks and two front of house staff will be at the Good Food Show in Birmingham pitting their cooking and cateri

TOP culinary students from North Devon College will compete against the best this June at the Nestle Toque d'Or competition.The six - four cooks and two "front of house" staff - will be at the Good Food Show in Birmingham pitting their cooking and catering skills against entrants from five other UK colleges in a grand final.It is the second year North Devon has made the final but getting into the last batch is hardly a piece of cake: the students, Paul Tucker, James Borley, Jess Thorne, Jamie Toms, Mark Dennitt and Katie Hanshaw, were tested under real restaurant conditions.Of more then 200 competitors, they were among those who battled it out at the college's Tawstock Restaurant in March of last year for the regional final, going on to compete in the next stage at London's Hotel Olympia."The facilities were smaller than those we had trained in at Barnstaple, so we had to work through this, blank out all the people watching and focus," said Paul Tucker."When I found out we'd got through I ran and told my mum, I was very happy and I'm really looking forward to seeing the kitchens in Birmingham!"This June the grand final will require the North Devon caterers to put all their hard work, culinary skills and creativity together to impress 100 diners.Jack Mummery, section leader for Hospitality and Tourism at the college, is already very proud of their achievements so far:"This is a fantastic result, as the staff and students put in a lot of hard work," he said.