Top hon­our for our high school chefs

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CRE­ATIVE young chefs Heidi Matthews and Ash­lee Chauntler were crowned the best ju­nior chefs in the Mackay and Whit­sun­days re­gion af­ter fin­ish­ing in first place at the Ro­tary Ju­nior Chefs com­pe­ti­tion in Mackay.

The Proser­pine State high School stu­dents took out first place in the ju­nior di­vi­sion, beat­ing school­mates Ni­cole O’Sul­li­van and Lauren Teys as the school claimed the top two spots.

Af­ter tak­ing out their school heat in April the duo moved on to the fi­nals to com­pete against stu­dents from Bowen, Collinsville and Mackay.

Both girls were thrilled to win the com­pe­ti­tion and spent hours prac­tic­ing their ta­ble set­ting and menu for the night which con­sisted of a fish dish with pea and avocado mash and smashed pota­toes for main and an al­mond cake with cit­rus syrup and fruit ke­babs for dessert.

“We had a few prac­tice runs at school and spent a lot of our own time mak­ing sure our meal was per­fect and that it matched our ta­ble set­ting. It was great to win and part of our prize was a restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at Galleons restau­rant in Mackay which was lots of fun,” Ash­lee said.

Teacher Sarah-Jane Teakle praised the girls for their hard work and thanked all the stu­dents in­volved in the pro­gram.

CREAM OF THE CROP: Ta­lented young chefs Heidi Mathews and Ash­lee Chauntler were the win­ners of the ju­nior di­vi­sion at the Mackay fi­nals of the Ro­tary Ju­nior Chefs com­pe­ti­tion held ear­lier this year.

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