Up and coming chefs of the future

Fresh New Zealand vegetables (Brussels sprouts, carrots, shallots, butternut, kumara and fennel) proved a winning combination for 2013 NSSCC winners, Anthony Kapeli-Sua and Joy Gusmundo. Their main of Chicken supreme served with seasonal New Zealand vegetables, and Entree of Scallops with smoky bacon kumara puree and kumara strawswon the pair the top prize in the first National Secondary School Culinary Challenge held on September 23rd

The pair each won a $2000 scholarship to study a City & Guilds Hospitality course at an approved City & Guilds Training Institute and a gift pack from City & Guilds and vegetables.co.nz which included an iPad mini.

Anthony already has his cooking career sorted – Gordon Ramsey has offered him a job at one of his restaurants. Joy hopes to follow a career in cooking. The Papakura pair dedicated their win to their teacher Gaynor Mathews.

Anthony said that without their teacher they wouldn’t have been there. "It’s been a privilege to work with her for the past five years doing what I love," he says.

Joy, whose family moved to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2009, agreed, saying "I dedicate this prize to my teacher. I am really happy and very proud that we have won this award today."

Gaynor put the win down to the dedication and creative ideas of the pair. "They have trained really well, they did a huge amount of research and came up with a lot of concepts and ideas themselves and they’ve kept me on my toes," she said. Gaynor was presented with a $1000 Bidvest voucher.

Well done, to the Team from Papakura High School.