Com­pe­ti­tion is a first

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

They may not have celebrity chef Gor­don Ram­say’s tem­per­a­ment but they could share his culi­nary tal­ent.

Students from Toko­roa and For­est View high schools and Pu­taruru Col­lege com­peted in the first South Waikato Top Ju­nior Chef cook off at Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

The win­ners were Me­landi Ap­pel and Ash­ley Cortesi from Toko­roa High School with For­est View run­ners- up Ryan Quirke and Mathew Shewry.

The chefs had to cre­ate an en­tree in 45 min­utes, main in 30 min­utes and dessert in 45 min­utes.

Toko­roa’s win­ning plates in­cluded a wild mush­room risotto with aged parme­san, chicken roulade with can­nellini beans and bal­samic cream, and a dark choco­late fon­dant with rasp­berry coulis and toasted co­conut.

All the students are do­ing level one and two hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing.

Wa­iariki tu­tor

Lorna Skel­ton hopes to grow the com­pe­ti­tion into a na­tional event. ‘‘We wanted to cre­ate a fun but com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for the high schools to show their tal­ents in the kitchen and pro­mote a path­way to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion,’’ she said.

CULI­NARY MASTERS: Cook off win­ners, cen­tre, Me­landi Ap­pel and Ash­ley Cortesi and with run­ners-up Ryan Quirke and Mathew Shewry.

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