Cooks will be dish­ing it out at re­gional fi­nals

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Four fu­ture mas­ter chefs from Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate have been keep­ing busy in the kitchen in the hopes of win­ning the ti­tle of Maggi Kitchen Show­down Cham­pi­ons 2012.

The Mata­mata Maggi Magic team have made it into the Up­per North Is­land Re­gional fi­nals and will com­pete against 11 other in­ter­me­di­ate teams in Pa­pakura to­mor­row.

The team had to de­velop their own sig­na­ture dish us­ing two Maggi prod­ucts and sub­mit the recipe and a photo of the meal to gain se­lec­tion into the final.

Judges will choose one team from the cook-off to com­pete in the na­tional final in Christchurch for the chance to fea­ture on The Erin Simp­son Show and win $5000 for their school.

The Mata­mata team is made up of stu­dents Sarah Dewhurst, James Ray­mond, Claire Baker and Leah Wil­liams and will be mak­ing Pasi­fika Chicken Curry.

Team cap­tain Leah said they have been prac­tis­ing hard and were look­ing for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We’re a bit ner­vous but we’re ex­cited. We re­ally want to win.’’

Food tech­nol­ogy teacher Jas­mine Trower said she was im­pressed with the com­mit­ment the stu­dents had made.

‘‘They have been in here prac­tis­ing once a week for most of the year. They’re re­ally creative, ca­pa­ble and they have a sur­pris­ingly good knowl­edge of food. They’re also not scared to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent which has made the dif­fer­ence.’’

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