Silver medal a sweet reward for Sharna
A silver medal in the Waikato Culinary Fare has Sharna Conder one step closer to her career goal.
The Matamata College year 12 student entered the static buffet presentation and also competed in the live kitchen section of the 2016 Culinary Fare.
Sharna, an aspiring chef, had been perfecting her entries for two months to prepare for the fare. For the static buffet presentation Sharna was required to make six cupcakes of her choice, presented on one plate.
She created red velvet cupcakes, with cream cheese icing and chocolate ganache filling, which won her a silver medal and a score of 85 out of 100, only five points away from gold.
The live kitchen required her to prepare, cook and serve a main course for two people within one hour.
Sharna competed against eight other secondary school students, with chicken shawarma, a spicy Middle Eastern dish, with a zesty greek yoghurt dressing. Sharna was the only competitor to finish on time. She received a merit endorsement and a score of 68 out of 100.
Cooking is a joy shared by others in her family and Sharna has big plans to become a chef.
‘‘My nana is a really good cook, and my mum, she’s a really good baker. My family is a big inspiration for me,’’ she says.
Matamata College food technology teacher Peter Turner says many students aren’t brave enough to enter the live kitchen.
‘‘It was really brave of Sharna to tackle the live kitchen event and come away with a very deserving result, She practised and practised,’’ he says.
‘‘I just wanted to get everything perfect,’’ says Sharna, ’’the presentation, all of the flavours and everything.’’
‘‘As a food tech teacher, I couldn’t be more proud of Sharna for her participation, end result and the way she conducted herself,’’ says Turner.
The next step for Sharna will be working towards the 2017 NZChefs Association Inc, National Salon in Auckland.
‘‘There is an opportunity there and now that she has ticked that regional event off the list, there is a good possibility she will be well equipped and up the standard to be able to compete,’’ says Turner.
‘‘One day I do want to own my own little cafe or restaurant, it has always been a dream,’’ says Sharna.
Matamata College year 12 student Sharna Conder won silver in the Waikato Culinary Fare, static buffet presentation.