Pair take Culinary Final - Recent News - Te Awamutu College
Two Te Awamutu College students have roasted their competition and taken the crown at a culinary contest.
Ilisa Folau and Alyssa King, both 16, were named the grand final winners at the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge on Tuesday.
The pair was up against six other teams and had 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present four portions of an entrée and four portions of a main course.
Each team represented a secondary school from around New Zealand which competed and won at a regional level.
The Te Awamutu team's entrée was Dukkah-crusted carrot falafel with vibrant carrot puree, pickled carrot, smoked feta and tahini sauce. Their main dish was pancetta-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with black garlic, blackened leek, kumara puree and a trio of winter greens with a chicken and kimchi wonton.
Ilisa and Alyssa's efforts won them the overall prize, a gold medal, $500 towards a chef ‘starter kit', $250 in Prezzy cards and goodie bags.
Te Awamutu College has won a Moffat commercial turbofan oven, a $1000 Bidfood account and a $300 restaurant voucher.
Te Awamutu College has been to the national competition three times, but this year is the first time the school has won gold medals and the top prize.
Hospitality teacher Maree Letford said she was "over the moon" with the result.
"Ilisa and Alyssa are wonderful, hardworking students who are great friends and work well together. They should be so proud of their work and are both destined for great things."
Chief judge Mark Wylie said he was amazed at the standard of professionalism shown by all teams. "The competition is evolving and the culinary standards reach new heights each year," he said.
"This is shown in the winning dishes, contemporary, modern presentation and consistency shown in each plated dish."