Con­test feeds chefs’ fer­vour

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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.

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