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More medals for WelTec

October 2006

More medals for WelTec

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) students and staff have again had a major medal haul at the New Zealand Culinary Fare.

The annual competition is hosted by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand and is held in Auckland. Over 1,000 competitors take part in the competition that attracts entries from restaurants and training providers all over the country.

Head of WelTec’s Centre for Hospitality Kay Nelson says that the Culinary Fare is a major event in WelTec’s teaching year.

“We encourage all our students and staff to compete in competitions but this one is especially significant because of its size and status,” says Kay. “Many people’s careers are launched at the Culinary Fare.”

Nine WelTec students and two staff competed in over 15 separate events during the three days of competition. All returned with medals.

The supreme event is the Toque d’Or, which is between invited teams of three students and covers both cookery and restaurant service skills. WelTec students Stephanie Rose and Joe O’Connell won a silver medal in the kitchen with Katrina Cousins and Damian Elvy taking a gold for restaurant service.

Tutor Pauline Nunns took away the Pastry Chef of the Year title for the second year running.

Winners were:
Paula Connell Celebration Cake---bronze
Paula Connell Cafe Gateaux---bronze
Pauline Nunns Confectionery Showpiece---Gold 1st
Pauline Nunns Chocolate fantasy---Silver
Graeme Miles Mediterranean dish---Silver
Shirley Hynes Mediterranean Dish---Silver
Joe O'Connell Pacific Rim---Silver
Stephanie Rose Pacific Rim---Merit
Toque d'Or -- Silver Kitchen/Gold in the front
Junior team skills---Silver Kitchen/Bronze in the front
Jim Collins Island Influences Dish---Silver 1st
Pauline Nunns live dessert---Bronze
Pauline Nunns---Pastry Chef of the Year

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