Senior Lifestyle Cuisine Competition
Hutt Valley chef Rodney Phillips made it three in a row after winning the top title for the third consecutive year at the annual Senior Lifestyle Cuisine cooking competition in Auckland.
Rodney who works at Elderslea Rest Home in Upper Hutt took part in the national culinary competition which aims to highlight the fastgrowing trend towards offering innovative cuisine at aged care facilities. Set within the NZChefs hospitality Championships 2017, the event showcased the culinary skills of nine competing chefs from around New Zealand.
During the live kitchen cookoff, Rodney had just 75 minutes to prepare and serve four covers of a main dish intended for the aged care market. Two portions of the dishes had to be served in an easy to eat format. The meals had to include hoki loin, mash, and a minimum of two servings of fresh New Zealand grown vegetables with a sauce or jus.
A team of top industry judges assessed competitors and their dishes against a range of criteria including: presentation of food, taste and texture, control of cooking process, professional practice and preparation.
This year’s panel of judges was led by Head Judges Mark Wylie, National Accounts Sales manager for Southern hospitality, and included Executive Chef, Wharekauhau Lodge, Marc Soper; Novotel Auckland Airport Food and Beverage Manager, Nancye Pirini, National Seafood Manager, Bidfood, Steve Roberts; Group Executive Chef, Southern Hospitality, Tony Taylor and Copthorne Oriental Bay Executive Chef Chetan Pangam.
Sponsors of the event were: Bidfood, Independent Fisheries, Nestlé Professional, ServiceIQ and vegetables.co.nz.
▶ The winner, Rodney Phillips.
▶ The judges in action.