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.

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