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Student chef versus student chef

Student chef versus student chef

Trainee chefs from UCOL’s three campuses battle it out in Palmerston North tomorrow in a rapid fire test of their skill and ingenuity.

In a contest similar to those in television’s Top Chef shows, the three teams of students will be given a Mystery Box of ingredients. They’ll then have just 20 minutes to decide on their menu, then one hour to execute it and plate up two identical portions.

The chief judge will be well known Palmerston North chef Chetan Pangam from the Kingsgate Hotel, supported by teaching staff from UCOL’s Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa campuses.

The competitors are Level 3 Catering students, studying at the three campuses. They will all receive a Certificate of Participation – and the home campus of the winning team will be awarded a trophy.

Head of UCOL’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Continuing Education Julie Poole says the contest is a great way to fire up the students’ imaginations and give them a taste of work under pressure. She adds that UCOL Hospitality and Catering staff at the three campuses work collaboratively “but there’s no harm in stirring up some inter campus rivalry from time to time.”

The Mystery Box contest will be held at UCOL Block 9 in Queen Street this Friday, starting at 10 a.m.


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