Stu­dents whip up win­ning menu

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Two stu­dents from Napier Girls’ High School have been named the best sec­ondary school cooks in the re­gion, with a chance to claim a na­tional ti­tle in Au­gust.

Brenna Lee, Year 13, and Alan­nah Grant from Year 12, along with teacher, Rachel Pol­lett, took part in the Na­tional Sec­ondary Schools Culi­nary Chal­lenge at the Hawke’s Bay Sa­lon cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the end of May. Af­ter win­ning the re­gional ti­tle they head to the na­tional fi­nal at MIT in Auck­land on Au­gust 29.

The pair had to pro­duce four por­tions of en­tree and main meals in just 90 min­utes.

The dishes had to in­clude New Zealand pro­duced veg­eta­bles and chicken, with pump­kin be­ing the hero veg­etable in the en­tree.

They cre­ated three types of dumplings - pump­kin, pork and to­myum; pump­kin, feta and sage; plus pump­kin, crab and sweet chilli. The main was feta-stuffed chicken with pommes de terre frites, bok choy, roasted cherry toma­toes, bok choy slaw and tomato wine sauce.

Judges said the pair worked well as a team and demon­strated great com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion of roles dur­ing the cook­ing and plat­ing up of each course.

They have won a $500 Bid­vest voucher, a chef’s jacket each, plus a $200 South­ern Hos­pi­tal­ity voucher and travel as­sis­tance for the fi­nal.

Na­tional win­ners re­ceive a $1000 gift pack and a $2000 schol­ar­ship to­wards their study, the win­ning school also re­ceives a $1000 voucher from Bid­vest, and ap­pli­ances.

Napier’s Wil­liam Colenso Col­lege is a fi­nal­ist in three cat­e­gories at the Prime Min­is­ter’s Ed­u­ca­tion

Ex­cel­lence Awards. The scheme was launched in 2014 as a way to recog­nise and cel­e­brate out­stand­ing achieve­ments across early child­hood, pri­mary and sec­ondary school­ing. Over 140 schools ap­plied for the four cat­e­gories, which cover en­gag­ing stu­dents, lead­ing, teach­ing and learn­ing, and gov­er­nance. Wil­liam Colenso ap­plied for the lead­er­ship, teach­ing and learn­ing, and gov­er­nance sec­tions, which saw it se­lected as a fi­nal­ist in all three. Judges vis­ited in May, fol­lowed by a visit from a film crew to cap­ture video for the awards web­site about the school. Win­ners will be named on June 27.

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