Budding secondary school chefs

Get ready for the 2014 National Secondary School Culinary Challenge coming to your area soon.

This competition is sponsored by City & Guilds with co-sponsors, Poultry Industry Association NZ, Southern Hospitality, Vegetables.co.nz, Potatoes New Zealand, 5+ A Day, Bidvest and Moffat.

In this secondary school challenge, teams of two competitors prepare, cook and present an entrée featuring leeks, and a main course with potatoes and two fresh New Zealand grown vegetables, all within 90 minutes.

For each region, the winning school will receive a $500 Bidvest voucher to help train for the national final, a fabulous gift pack for each student with a chefs jacket for the final, 20 Dudson classic flat plates for Hospitality competitions and travel assistance to get to Auckland.

The 2014 Regional competition dates are:

  • Southern Lights (Timaru) – Southern Lights – Aoraki Polytechnic - 10th May
  • Hawkes Bay – NZ Chefs Hawkes Bay Salon – EIT – 18th May
  • Northland – NZ Chefs Northland Salon – Northtec – 8th June
  • Taranaki – NZ Chefs Taranaki/Wanganui Salon – WITT – 16th June
  • Wellington – City & Guilds Regional Event – Weltec – 20th June
  • Waikato – Waikato Culinary Fare – Wintec – 26/27th June
  • Auckland – MIT Secondary Schools Competition – MIT – 2nd July
  • Bay of Plenty – BOP Polytechnic or Waiariki [TBC] – date TBC
  • Nelson Marlborough – date and venue TBC
  • Canterbury – date and venue TBC
The winning regional team will represent their region at the National Final, MIT, Auckland on Friday 12th September 2014.

The 2014 National Secondary School Culinary Challenge prize package includes: Students: ·         a $2,000 scholarship towards their study of a City & Guilds International Catering Qualification in a City & Guilds approved Training Centre of their choice; ·         iPad mini each. Winners' school: ·         a $1,000 Voucher from Bidvest ·         an E32D4 Blue Seal Turbofan oven and stand from Moffat New Zealand valued at $7,000

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