Four culinary students from the Taranaki region competed over the weekend at the Western Institute of Technology, for a spot in the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition (NSSCC) grand final, to be held in Auckland on September 8.
Josh Ace from New Plymouth Boys’ High School was crowned the regional winner for Taranaki. From here, each regional winner will collaborate with a fellow school mate to form a team of two and compete in the grand final.
Josh turned up the heat in the kitchen, having to prepare, cook and plate, two individually plated portions of an entrée course within 60 minutes.
The judges’ commented on the great flavours and perfectly al denté, presentation of the dish: Broccoli Gnocchi with broccoli purée, sauté broccoli, feta and roasted almonds.
Samantha Yelseth from Hawera High School, Jayden Bullock from Whanganui High School and Eddy Li from New Plymouth Boys’ High School also competed in the regional event.
The NSSCC is a celebration of the hospitality industry and upcoming chefs. The competition is sponsored by Bidfood, Moffat, 5+ A Day, Service IQ, Southern Hospitality, Waitoa and Vegetables.co.nz.