Senior Lifestyle Cuisine Competition

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Chef Steve Iraia of Princess Alexandra Retirement Village in Napier recently fought off 11 other competitors from around the country to take out the top award in the annual Senior Lifestyle Cuisine cooking competition.

Steve sliced, diced and cooked his way to success at the culinary event which took place at the New Zealand hospitality Championships 2018 held in Auckland. is a co-sponsor of this competition which aims to highlight the dynamic and changing market for innovative cuisine at aged care facilities.

During the live kitchen cook-off, competitors had just 75 minutes to prepare and serve four covers of two main dishes with hoki and two servings of fresh New Zealand grown vegetables, and two main dishes of beef cheeks with kūmara or potato and two servings of fresh New Zealand grown vegetables destined for the aged care market.

Steve’s dishes were:

Braised beef cheeks with pomme purée, ratatouille, capsicum couli and orange and vanilla jus.

Roasted hoki loin with ratatouille, pomme purée, crispy shallots, capsicum couli and citrus and coconut foam.

Joining Steve in the competition arena were Andy Glover, Gracelands Care, Hawke’s Bay; Lisa Downs, Olive Tree Village, Palmerston North; Shafa Rahman, Parkstone, Christchurch; Jerson Lat, Harbourview, Wellington; Tomas Rodriquez, Waitakere Gardens. Auckland; Nitin Bodalkhandle, Powley Village, Auckland, Amrik Singh, Elizabeth Knox, Auckland; Shalom Court, Auckland; Adriano Lopez, Wharerangi Resthome, Taupo and Luis Contreras, The Poynton, North Shore.

A panel of industry judges assessed competitors and their dishes against a range of criteria including; presentation of food, taste and texture, control of cooking process, professional practice and preparation.

Among this year’s panel of judges were some of the country’s top hospitality industry talents including; head judge Chetan Pangam, executive chef and food and beverage manager, Copthorne hotel, Oriental Bay; Marc Soper, executive chef, Wharekauhau Estate Lodge, Palliser Bay; Sean Kereama, executive chef and operations manager, Wharerata Function Centre, Massey University, Palmerston North; Robert Haddock, senior lecturer culinary arts, Auckland University of Technology; Angela Ferguson, faculty leader of trades and hospitality, Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki; and Louise Abbott, assistant catering manager, Dilworth School, Auckland.

The event sponsors were Bidfood, Independent Fisheries, Nestlé Professional, Service IQ and

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