SBHS teens win chef chal­lenge

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

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.

JOANNA GRIF­FITHS/FAIRFAX NZ

South­land Boys’ High School Culi­nary Team mem­bers James Goodall, 15, Kapila To­hairiki, 16, Ed Lang­lands, 16 and Lance Aya, 16.

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