Stu­dents aim for na­tional ti­tle


Three Otago Polytech stu­dents are hop­ing to re­claim a na­tional culi­nary ti­tle.

Cen­tral Otago hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents Kayla Green, Sam Farr and Freda Zhang are prepar­ing to com­pete at the an­nual Nes­tle Toque d’Or com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land on July 27.

They will com­pete against nine other teams of three from train­ing in­sti­tutes through­out New Zealand

NZChefs na­tional pres­i­dent and or­gan­iser of the event, Gra­ham Hawkes, said the stu­dents had all signed up for what would be a gru­elling train­ing sched­ule in the run up to the big event.

‘‘Many of the stu­dents will spend months train­ing for the big day, while also jug­gling work and study com­mit­ments.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning for over 26 years and only three years ago stu­dents from the polytech’s Cen­tral Otago cam­pus won the supreme prize. More re­cently a team had won an in­no­va­tion award.

Cam­pus hos­pi­tal­ity pro­gramme man­ager Jo Brun said some of the most com­pe­tent stu­dents were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The teams had three hours to serve six peo­ple a three course meal us­ing spon­sor’s prod­ucts.

The en­tree had to in­clude Ao­raki Salmon, the main was a lamb rack from Beef and Lamb New Zealand and the dessert was to in­clude Nes­tle prod­ucts.


Otago Poly­tech­nic hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents Kayla Green, Sam Farr and Freda Zhang.

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