Pas­try chefs take on world’s best

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

It’s time for pas­try chefs Jiemin Aw and Sarah Har­rap to breathe a sigh of relief.

The dex­ter­ous duo went up against six world-lead­ing teams at the top com­pe­ti­tion for pas­try chefs in Nor­way from July 2 to 5.

And they have come home with the bronze, de­spite a few hic­cups along the way.

The young chefs com­pleted three desserts based on the theme of ‘‘wa­ter’’ for the chal­lenge, in­clud­ing a 1-me­tre tall bub­ble bath show­piece made en­tirely of choco­late and sugar.

Aw sin­gle-hand­edly won the Asi­aPa­cific semi­fi­nal in 2013 to gain en­try to the bi­en­nial World As­so­ci­a­tion of Chefs So­ci­eties congress this year. She ar­rived home on July 29.

In prepa­ra­tion for the event, Aw and her as­sis­tant Har­rap, of Mt Al­bert, had been train­ing ev­ery week at the AUT kitchens with the New Zealand pas­try team ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, July 2).

But the com­pe­ti­tion didn’t go as smoothly as they had hoped, Aw says.

‘‘In all hon­esty we didn’t have the best luck.

‘‘There were some mi­nor changes in the rules that didn’t work in our favour, our fridge broke down for the whole day and we were down to the last sec­ond putting up the show­piece.

‘‘We were pretty stoked about our re­sults con­sid­er­ing what we had go­ing on.’’

Aw was the only fe­male pas­try chef in the event and the youngest com­peti­tor. She says she would jump at the chance to do another com­pe­ti­tion but it may be a ‘‘once in a life­time’’ ex­pe­ri­ence. Right now she’s ready for a rest, Aw says.

‘‘For now it’s about get­ting back to sort­ing out life and back into world. We’ve had so much to do for so long and there’s been all of these

Dessert queens: Asia-Pa­cific rep­re­sen­ta­tives Sarah Har­rap and Jiemin Aw with their bub­ble bath show­piece at the pas­try chef

worlds com­pe­ti­tion.

Fi­nal prod­uct: Sarah Har­rap and Jiemin Aw came home with a bronze.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bournews.co.nz to see a video of the New Zealand Pas­try Team.

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