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.

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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.

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