Abbie Lythgoe wins Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay regional NSSCC

Abbie preparing her dish 1 2

Last weekend culinary students from the Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay region competed for a place in the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition (NSSCC) Grand Final. The regional final was held at the NZ Chefs Hawke’s Bay Salon at Eastern Institute of Technology.

Congratulations to Abbie Lythgoe from Havelock North High School, regional winner for Hawke’s Bay / Poverty Bay. Abbie turned up the heat in the kitchen, having to prepare, cook and plate, two individually plated portions of an entrée within 60 minutes. The entrée had to contain fresh New Zealand grown broccoli as the main component of the dish.

Her winning dish was Broccoli gnocchi with broccoli cream and bacon sauce, lemon roasted broccoli florets, pine nuts, Parmesan and charred broccoli leaf.

The culinary students representing their schools were: Abbie Lythgoe and Alex Mortimer from Havelock North High School; Braedon Foster from St Johns College; and Sophie Gouder from Napier Girls High School.

Each regional winner will choose a team mate and compete in the NSSCC Grand Final against seven other regional teams on 8th September in Auckland.

The competition is proudly sponsored by 5+ A Day, Bidfood, Moffat, Service IQ, Southern Hospitality, Waitoa Chicken, and Vegetables.co.nz, all of whom are supporting the industry's upcoming best student chefs.

NSSCC is organised annually by the Culinary Arts Development Trust (CADT), a non-profit charitable trust formed in January 2015.

The CADT promotes culinary arts in New Zealand as a career option for those interested in developing their professional experience through culinary competitions. Working with sponsors, local councils, government bodies and communities, the CADT encourages, fosters and oversees New Zealand culinary talent, and the creation of relationships within the industry, with an overall focus on healthy eating.