Cookery student’s dish will be served up at Cafe Football in Stratford owned by Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville

PUBLISHED: 10:31 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:08 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 ex-footballers 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.

The Newham college cookery students were judged on the taste, presentation and cost of their dishes as well as how efficiently they worked in the kitchen.

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

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

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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