Top honour for our high school chefs
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.