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Fat-carvers bring home top prizes
Kevin Keane
Fife reporter
BBC Scotland news website

Fat Ozzy
Pastry lard was used to make this carving of Ozzy Osbourne
A group of students have returned home after sweeping the boards in a contest to carve statues out of fat.

A total of 11 youngsters took away prizes, including gold, silver and bronze, in the competition in London.

The practice involves using pastry lard to model intricate sculptures around a wire frame. The gold trophy winner carved an 18in model of Mickey Mouse.

The students are on catering and hospitality courses at Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy.

Ozzy Osbourne

Some of the designs took up to three months to create and perfect.

One of the more unusual ones depicts pop-sensation Ozzy Osbourne singing into a microphone wearing his famous full length overcoat.

The silver medal winning creation shows two horses with a rider on one of the animals.

In the kitchen where they are created, a life-sized fat chef stands guard over the students.

Fat figure
Students often take three months to create the sculptures

Winning student Leanne Sword told the BBC Scotland news website: "I wasn't expecting it.

"I was expecting to get something but I never thought for a minute that I'd get the gold."

Her fat Mickey Mouse took three months to create.

"I'd say the belt was the most difficult [part] and possibly the ears, just to get them right and the same size."

The competition was held at Hotelympia, a trade fair for the hospitality industry, in London.

Catering lecturer Tom Pratt travelled to the event with his students and has been overjoyed by their success.

He explained: "These fat sculptures would be placed on a buffet table in high class hotels. They would be put onto shop windows to grab people's attention, in butchers shop's windows, places like that.

"It shows the skill of the chefs who create these things."

The winning creations in the fat carving contest

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