Porirua College cooks up a storm
Porirua College year 13 students Wiki Mackey and Michala Rei won the Wellington regional division of the national secondary schools Culinary Challenge on May 16.
The girls had 90 minutes to prepare and present an entree and main course menu for four people. It had to include certain vegetables and protein.
They finished with seconds to spare and thrilled the judges with their entree of beetroot gelee with chevre, orange and walnut salad and spiced beetroot and orange.
The main course was stuffed chicken supreme and madeira jus with dauphinoise potatoes, buttered carrots and broccolini.
Wiki and Michala will now compete against other regional winners at the end of August.
The girls spent many hours planning, preparing and practising their competition menu.
They said they received muchappreciated expert advice from chef Sonya Martin.
Porirua College cooking champions Michala Rei, left, and Wiki Mackey.