Competition is a first
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.
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.