Sil­ver medal a sweet re­ward for Sharna

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

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.

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