Rochy duo taste de­feat in chal­lenge

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

ROCHESTER has lost the ti­tle of Mur­ray River Culi­nary Chal­lenge cham­pi­ons af­ter Wan­garatta’s Laura Coste­naro and Tay­lah Gig­gins took the hon­ours on Septem­ber 12.

In a three-course bat­tle, duos from the Mur­ray Mallee, Cam­paspe, Goul­burn Mur­ray and Wan­garatta re­gions bat­tled it out in the Bendigo TAFE Echuca cam­pus’s kitchen.

Rochester Se­condary Col­lege’s Stephanie Crouch and Jas­min Mal­ham rep­re­sented the Cam­paspe re­gion in the four-hour chal­lenge, with the fi­nal re­sult com­ing down to the three judges’ de­ci­sion.

Moama Bowl­ing Club’s Ge­orge San­tos, Swan Hill’s Boo’s Place Cafe´ and Prove­dore’s Re­becca Hart and Mans­field’s Megan Knapp from The Kitchen Door were the guest judges for the day.

The Mur­ray River Culi­nary Chal­lenge is a cul­mi­na­tion of lo­cal learn­ing and ed­u­ca­tion providers, with the grand fi­nals be­ing held in the vic­tor’s re­gion the fol­low­ing year.

Shane Crispin from North East Tracks Lo­cal Learn­ing and Em­ploy­ment Net­work (NETLLEN), said hav­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Wan­garatta re­gion in the grand fi­nal was ter­rific.

Mr Crispin said the chal­lenge pro­vides stu­dents and em­ploy­ers with op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The chal­lenge has been go­ing for 12 years and starts with a school-level com­pe­ti­tion, then re­gional, then the grand fi­nal,” he said.

“The em­ploy­ers in my re­gion value it greatly, they use it as a valu­able em­ploy­ment tool to re­cruit young peo­ple to fill the hos­pi­tal­ity skills short­age in our re­gion.”

And this year’s re­sult proves there is no short­age of ta­lent in any area.

“It went re­ally well,’’ Anne Trickey, Cam­paspe Co­huna Lo­cal Learn­ing and Em­ploy­ment Net­work ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, said. ‘‘We find that the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate in this wind up work­ing in the in­dus­try, they get that valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence as a work place­ment and some go on to get part-time work or an ap­pren­tice­ship in hos­pi­tal­ity.

“Be­cause so many of our lo­cal chefs are in­volved in the judg­ing for the chal­lenge, they know the qual­ity of the work and the stan­dard the stu­dents work to.

“They know these kids are in­dus­try ready.”

Next year’s culi­nary chal­lenge will be hosted by the Wan­garatta NETLLEN group.

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