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

 

Heat is on cooking students at Salon Culinaire

Heat is on cooking students at Salon Culinaire

The pressure will be on when cooking and hospitality students compete live at the Southern Lights Salon Culinaire Saturday 20 May. This is an annual competition, organised by Ara Institute of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic Cromwell and the Southern Institute of Technology for cookery students, trainee chefs and people in the hospitality industry to test their skills against each other.

“The competition is divided into different kitchen and restaurant classes and categories, including a live component where entrants prepare and present a dish, and a static component, including cold desserts and gateau’s which were prepared in advance,” Salon Director and Ara Cookery tutor Steve Le Corre says.

Participants can win a bronze, silver or gold medal if they reach the required standards. There will be one overall winner for each class and category. The participant with the highest points across everything will receive the title of the year, and will go to the national competition in Auckland later this year.

Ara Certificate in Cookery student Yukiko Moki will participate in one of the live events, in the soup category. It will be her first cooking competition.

“I’m excited, but also a little bit nervous. I think it will be a good experience for me, and it will also be good on my CV for when I’ll be looking for a job”.

Yukiko, who is originally from Japan, is making a Greek lemon and chicken soup.

“The recipe is not influenced by my culture. I’ve made a lot of Japanese food before. Now I want to learn something different. That’s why I’m trying recipes from different countries.”

The live events are great to learn to work under pressure, Le Corre says. “Students gain a huge amount from this competition. It develops their skills and it stimulates more interest, because they’re doing something on their own. It stimulates their appetite to go and do more.”

The Salon Culinaire competition is being held at the Ara Timaru campus this year. The competition rotates between the three tertiary institutes and this edition has attracted more than 80 competitors from all over the southern region.

Judges are a mixture of hospitality staff, industry managers and chefs. The competition runs from 8am until 4pm in TC and TA-block at the Timaru Campus. Prize giving will be at 5.30pm in the STARZ Restaurant (TC-block). The public is welcome to come along.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland