Ready for kitchen show­down

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A Mexican bur­rito with salad served four stu­dents from Otaua School with a place as semi­fi­nal­ists in this year’s Maggi Pop-up Kitchen Show­down.

The Maggi Pop-up Kitchen Show­down is a cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion that en­cour­ages both good cook­ing and eat­ing habits for 11-16 year olds.

Char­lotte Mor­riss, Ge­or­gia Davis, Char­lotte Baker and Yvette McDon­ald are the fourth team to make the semi-fi­nals, where they will cook-off against five other teams from schools around New Zealand to make the fi­nal three.

The team, called The Ami­gos, cooked their win­ning dish on

in July. The stu­dents had to show the judges that a tasty and healthy meal can cost less than $20 and be cooked in un­der 30 min­utes.

Teacher, Kelly An­drew, en­cour­aged the group to em­brace the challenge and said she was im­mensely proud of the hard work the stu­dents put into cre­at­ing a healthy al­ter­na­tive to a much-loved dish.

‘‘The stu­dents were mo­ti­vated from the start and sup­ported each other through the en­tire process, from the idea to the cre­ation and ex­e­cu­tion, The Ami­gos made a meal that is de­li­cious, af­ford­able and in­cludes half a plate of veg­eta­bles,’’ An­drew said.

‘‘The im­por­tance of teach­ing young peo­ple to cook bal­anced meals was high­lighted in a re­cent study con­ducted by Massey Univer­sity. The re­sults showed that less than 50 per cent of stu­dents were taught how to plan, pre­pare and cook a nu­tri­tious meal.’’

Maggi’s Pop-up Kitchen Show- down judge and lead chef for Nes­tle´ Foods, Richard Bro­gan, said that cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions like this gave young peo­ple the con­fi­dence to try new things.

‘‘We learn best through do­ing, and the com­pe­ti­tion in­spires bud­ding cooks to get cre­ative and de­sign meals that look great and taste great, while prac­tis­ing new culi­nary skills they can ap­ply in ev­ery­day life.’’

The fi­nal is on Au­gust 28, with $5000 gifted to the win­ning school, as well as $250 for each win­ning team mem­ber.

Char­lotte Barker, Ge­or­gia Davis, Yvette McDon­ald and Char­lotte Mor­ris are look­ing for­ward to the Maggi Pop-up Kitchen Show­down semi­fi­nals.

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