Students whip up winning menu
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.