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Turning beef and lamb into Gold

Turning beef and lamb into Gold

The cooking skills of three Whanganui UCOL students won Gold and Silver medals at the Wellington Culinary fare and Food Show last weekend.

Head of Catering Tim Snape says the three talented students beat off opposition from entrants from other tertiary education institutions to win three medals. “They trained hard for this competition and their good work and flair has paid off,” he says. “Whanganui Catering students have a great track record in this competition and it’s great to see the tradition continued this year.”

Student Katie Rakoczy won the Gold Medal in the Beef Main Course category. Moana Hawea won Gold with her Lamb Entrée and was also Winner of Class. Blair Healey won the Silver Medal in the Hot Chicken Brunch category.

The three students travelled to Wellington for the competition and had trained for four weeks to ensure their dishes were as professional – and delectable – as possible. The dishes are created by Whanganui UCOL tutors, working with the students.

Tim says the Wellington competition is a forerunner and a great training ground for the prestigious Toque d'Or competition to be held in late August at the National Culinary Fare in Auckland. Whanganui UCOL students will also compete in that competition.

Pictured from left are: Blair Healey, Moana Hawea and Katie Rakoczy with their medals.

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