Chef com­petes for ti­tle

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAT­IFA DAUD

A young chef is com­pet­ing for an in­ter­na­tional ti­tle and help­ing his old high school at the same time.

Mt Roskill chef Wil­liam Mordido will be com­pet­ing at the NZChefs Na­tional Sa­lon in July, for the World Ju­nior Chef Pa­cific Rim ti­tle.

Af­ter win­ning the NZ Na­tional Fi­nal of the 2015 Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Chal­lenge, the 22-year-old will com­pete against chefs from Aus­tralia, Fiji, Van­u­atu and Guam.

‘‘It’s re­ally great. It’s just a lit­tle bit more pres­sure now that I’m com­pet­ing against other coun­tries and there’s not a lot of time to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Mordido says.

The win­ner will rep­re­sent the Pa­cific Re­gion at the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Chefs So­ci­ety (WACS) World Chef Congress in Athens in Septem­ber 2016.

Mordido is pre­par­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion by re­fin­ing what he did at na­tion­als in a com­pe­ti­tion set­ting and un­der time pres­sure.

Com­peti­tors had to pre­pare a three-course meal us­ing spe­cific in­gre­di­ents. Among oth­ers they were re­quired to have salmon in the entre´e, rump steak in the main and tea in­cluded in the dessert.

He also says much of his suc­cess is due to the peo­ple who have sup­ported him along the way, such as his boss and men­tor Roberto Manuel and for­mer teacher Angie Wil­son.

One­hunga High School’s food and hos­pi­tal­ity school head Angie Wil­son says the for­mer stu­dent has been us­ing the school’s com­mer­cial kitchen to prac­tise for the event.

She says he is an in­spi­ra­tion to the young chefs at the school and gen­er­ously gives his time to men­tor stu­dents who are com­pet­ing at sec­ondary school level. ‘‘Our lit­tle deal was that I would use her class­room to prac­tise and at the same time I helped her stu­dents com­pete as well,’’ Mordido says.

The NZChefs Na­tional Sa­lon will in­clude sev­eral other com­pe­ti­tions and fea­tures cook­ing demon­stra­tions, a barista smack­down, wait­ing and bed­mak­ing races, sec­ondary schools culi­nary com­pe­ti­tions and a pri­mary school aged Kids Can Cook event.

Wil­liam Mordido is com­pet­ing for an in­ter­na­tional ju­nior chefs ti­tle.

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