SCHOOL MASTER CHEFS IM­PRESS

NOTRE DAME COL­LEGE MASTER CHEFS OFF TO GRAND FI­NAL AT SWAN HILL AF­TER WIN­NING RE­GIONAL CROWN

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tara Whitsed

Notre Dame Col­lege Year 11 stu­dents Gabriella Pi­gatto and Hay­ley Tidd took out this year’s Mur­ray River Culi­nary Chal­lenge, held at Shepparton’s GoTafe re­cently.

The pair will go on to com­pete in the grand fi­nal in a few weeks’ time at Swan Hill af­ter win­ning the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, or­gan­ised by Goul­burn Mur­ray Local Learn­ing Em­ploy­ment Net­work.

Stu­dents from sev­eral schools through­out the Goul­burn Val­ley took part in the chal­lenge in pairs. They were re­quired to cook an entree, main and dessert.

Notre Dame Col­lege VET Hos­pi­tal­ity trainer Karen Nor­ton said the stu­dents got the chance to learn ex­tra in­dus­try skills that linked with the train­ing meth­ods they had im­ple­mented.

‘‘It also gives them a sense of pres­sure in the work­place,’’ she said.

She said the win recog­nised the hard work the stu­dents had put in, hav­ing to first com­pete at a school level to be se­lected for the chal­lenge.

Judge Brett Dob­son said the stan­dard had been re­ally good and the stu­dents showed great tech­nique as well as work­ing well un­der pres­sure. ‘‘We judge across a whole lot of cri­te­ria,’’ he said. Stu­dents were judged on their prepa­ra­tion and back work as well as the fi­nal dishes.

Stu­dents were re­quired to cook a spinach and feta quiche with baby beet leaf salad for entree, prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with potato cake and salsa verde for main and a cho­co­late fon­dant with rasp­berry coulis and fresh berries for dessert.

Win­ners Gabriella and Hay­ley said they had just hoped to cook well and were now ner­vously look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing the re­gion at Swan Hill. ● For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit GM LLEN’s new Face­book page at www.face­book.com/ goul­burn­mur­rayLLEN/

Above: Jaspreet Singh, from Wan­ganui Park Sec­ondary Col­lege, and Jaimee Con­ford, from Rush­worth P12 Col­lege, with their cre­ations.

Pic­tures: Holly Cur­tis

Above: Gabriella Pi­gatto and Hay­ley Tidd pre­pare their dessert that won the judges’ hearts. Win­ners are grin­ners: Notre Dame Col­lege’s Hay­ley Tidd and Gabriella Pi­gatto (left) show their culi­nary chal­lenge ti­tle cer­tifi­cates.

So sweet: Cho­co­late fon­dant with rasp­berry coulis and fresh berries pre­pared by the win­ners.

Point taken: Rob Crifo, from the Olive­house in Shepparton, was one of two judges at the Mur­ray River Culi­nary Chal­lenge.

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