2016 Toque d'Or winners

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Kate Bryant and Keziah O’Conner and Summer Dennison (Restaurant service)

This year’s Toque d’Or winners from Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Kate Bryant and Keziah O’Conner, prepared a stunning three course meal with an innovative use of vegetables.  The team’s Smoked salmon and pickled New Zealand vegetables followed by a main of Beef sirloin with kumara strudel, spinach, carrots, turnips and a caramelized shallot jus, offered both a sophisticated range of flavours and colours with picture perfect preparation and plating.  

The Nestlé Toque d’Or, now in its 26th year, is arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious student cookery and restaurant service event.  Held in a total of 17 countries around the world, the Toque d’Or has launched many a stellar career with its grueling three hour kitchen cook off.  Teams are judged against WorldChefs International Judging Standards at every point of the process from preparation to presentation, taste and service.

Supporting young talent through its sponsorship of events and competitions is critically important to vegetables.co.nz as it is for the other key sponsors Nestlé Professional, Beef+Lamb New Zealand, and Akaroa Salmon among others.  While encouraging a vibrant local culinary scene, competitions showcase the many original ways our top quality local ingredients are being used in the professional kitchen setting.  

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