SBHS teens win chef challenge
The timer is about to be set.
Ed Langland has 75 minutes to create the perfect dish from mystery ingredients. The only problem - he has forgotten to pack his chopping board and knife.
It was not the greatest start to the Southern Lights Regional Salon Culinaire held in Timaru on Saturday, the 16-year-old admitted.
‘‘I had left them at the last event I competed in.’’
In the end, he had to appeal to fellow members of the Southland Boys’ High School Culinary Team for help.
Ed Langland, 16, and Lance Aya, 16, partnered together to compete in the Live Lamb Magic Box challenge.
Similar to challenges on the popular TV show MasterChef, the boys were given a box of unknown ingredients and given an hour to plan their meal, then 75 minutes to prepare, cook and plate their dish.
The duo were faced with complications throughout the competition - first forgetting the chopping board and knife, then having to adapt their recipe because basic ingredients they planned to use, like potatoes, were not included in the magic box, Ed said.
Inside the box, they found an assortment of ingredients including kumara, red wine and lamb rump. From that, the boys decided to cook pan-seared lamb with a carrot and cumin puree and a side of kumara shepherd’s pie.
It was a mad dash towards the end, with the boys having to leave the lamb to sit for as long as possible before plating it so it didn’t bleed and affect the appearance of their dish.
‘‘We had about two seconds to plate the food.’’
In the end success was theirs, winning the title with a three-point lead.
The win secured both boys a position in the national final in Auckland in July.
The boys have also been selected as the wild card entry for the International Secondary Schools Culinary Competition held in Taiwan this September.
Langland and Aya were not the only boys from the Southland Boys’ High School Culinary Team to place at the event.
Kapila Tohiariki, 16, and James Goodall, 15, won the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge, with their pumpkin-based entree and poached chicken main, securing their spot in the national final in Auckland in August.
Southland Boys’ High School Culinary Team members James Goodall, 15, Kapila Tohairiki, 16, Ed Langlands, 16 and Lance Aya, 16.