Otago chefs win silver
A team from the Otago Polytechnic Central Campus have won three silver medals at the annual Nestle´ Toque d’Or student culinary competition.
Culinary students Freda Zhang and Sam Farr proved to be champs in the kitchen, while Kayla Green dazzled diners at the event with top notch restaurant service skills.
The trio battled it out against 27 other top students from around the country to create their meal winning three course menu at the competition.
Event organiser and New Zealand Chefs Association president Graham Hawkes said the pressure was on throughout the three hours live kitchen cook-off, as the team fought against the clock and scrutiny of top industry judges. Any errors made by competitors during the event resulted in lost points.
The panel of judges was led by high profile chef and leading culinary figure Darren Wright of Christchurch. Competing teams were marked against WorldChefs International judging standards which include food preparation, presentation, taste and service.
Overall winners of the event were the team from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua.
The event had run for 27 years and was hotly contested, Hawkes said.
Culinary students Freda Zhang and Sam Farr.