Contest feeds chefs’ fervour
Porirua teen Hope Henley-Weir had her passion for food spiced when she took top honours at a culinary promotion at Wellington High School recently.
Hope and fellow year 12 student Mackenzie Abbot won first prize for their dish at the June 22 event.
WelTec chefs Toby Sanderson and Jim Collins have been carrying out the Chef for a Day initiative in various high schools for the last month.
Preparing the dish Terakihi en Papillote, which the students said is a fancy French name for Fish in Paper, was a new experience for both. Hope and Mackenzie agreed cooking for the visiting chefs was less nerveracking than cooking for their teachers.
Mr Collins, who is also involved in New Zealand’s MasterChef competition, said he hopes to see some of the faces again when WelTec opens its new hospitality campus in Cuba St, Wellington later this year.
Mr Sanderson says the site is being transformed beyond recognition into a state- of- the- art facility. It will give students an opportunity to learn culinary schools to top international standards and he can’t wait to begin classes there.
The chefs said fuelling the enthusiasm of young chefs-in-themaking and encouraging a passion in foods were what they liked most about visiting schools.
Top chefs: Porirua’s Hope Henley-Weir and her team-mate, Mackenzie Abbot, from Wellington High School, with their winning dish at WelTec’s Chef for a Day competition.