Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


UCOL cooks bring home a pot of gold

UCOL cooks bring home a pot of gold

UCOL Cookery and Hospitality students from the Palmerston North and Wairarapa campuses have returned from Friday’s Wellington Culinary Fare competitions laden with medals.

Certificate in Professional Cookery student Lauren Birch won a Gold medal and her Beef Main course was judged the best in the Open class.

Lauren’s lecturer Mark Smith says Lauren’s success is especially pleasing as a win in the hot kitchen is a true test of skill and discipline. “The competitors are preparing their dishes from scratch and are under the judges’ scrutiny the whole time,” he says. “It’s a very high pressure environment.”

Lauren had to present four identical servings of her roast eye fillet steak, port wine jus, tea smoked kumara and potato stack and vegetables in just one hour.

Samantha Christison also brought home a Gold medal and gained second place for her Dreamy Gateau in the Open class. Maia Wihere and Sarah Wilson each won a Silver medal for their entries in the Superb Soup Trainee class.

Catherine Drinnan’s Regal Salmon entry in the Open class won her a Bronze medal and Connor Kernan was awarded a Certificate for his Hot Chicken Brunch.

Certificate in Hospitality student Thomas Pearson won a silver medal and was named Top of Class for his Classic Cocktail. He also gained a Bronze for Trainee Waiters Table.

Thomas’ fellow Hospitality student Geneveve Du Plessis won a Bronze in each of the Classic Cocktail and Trainee Waiters Table classes.

Wairarapa UCOL cookery students Matt Lett and Casey Watson competed in trainee classes at the annual competition. Matt won a Silver medal in the Chicken Brunch class, and Casey received a Bronze medal in the Superb Soup class.

Wairarapa UCOL team members Joseph Parata and Dominique Waimotu both entered the Open classes, but were placed just outside the medals.

UCOL’s Head of School of Hospitality and Continuing Education Julie Poole, says the medal haul is the result of a lot of hard work by the students and the UCOL staff involved in their training. “We are very proud of our teams’ success in this highly respected culinary competition.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news