BLOG NEWS: The winner of this years National Secondary School Culinary Challenge were:

Papakura High School, Auckland

Students – Joy Gesmundo and Anthony Kapeli-Sua

Papakura High School is the very first winner of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge which has just concluded at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland.

The judges awarded two gold medals and three silver medals to the teams today.  The medals are awarded on a rating system: 90-100 is a gold medal, 80-90 is a silver and 70-80 is a bronze:
Gold – Papakura High School, Auckland
Gold – Heretaunga College, Wellington
Silver – Hamilton Boys High School, Waikato
Silver – Inglewood High School, Taranaki
Silver – Team Hawkes Bay – Hastings Girls and Napier Boys High Schools

Chief Judge Mark Wylie says, `everyone achieved at least a silver so the overall standard was incredibly high`.

The winning team receives a $6,000 PRIZE PACK:  Each winner receives a $2,000 scholarship towards their study of a City & Guilds International Catering Qualification at a City & Guilds approved training centre of their choice and a gift pack from and City & Guilds.  The winning school receives a $1,000 Bidvest voucher and get to hold the NSSCC trophy for the year.

A review of the 90 minute competition and photographs is available on the blog at

The five finalists were:
PAPAKURA HIGH SCHOOL (Auckland): Students – Joy Gesmundo & Anthony Kapeli-Sua, Tutor – Gaynor Matthews

INGLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL (Taranaki): Students – Marcus Mannex-Kingi & Brook Harvey-Smith, Tutor – Michael Wood

HERETAUNGA COLLEGE (Wellington): Students – Brandon Mudzekenyedzi & Eva Bissielo, Tutor – Katherine Stokes & Tim Li

HASTINGS GIRLS & NAPIER BOYS HIGH SCHOOLS` (Hawkes Bay): Students – Molly-Mae Foote & James Grant, Tutor – Morna McGregor (HGHS)

HAMILTON BOYS HIGH SCHOOL (Waikato): Students – Daniel Lawrence & Jonas Clark, Tutor – Andrea Marr

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