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UCOL Cookery Students Mix it with the Big Guys

UCOL Cookery Students Mix it with the Big Guys

UCOL Wairarapa cookery students Thomas Pepper and Cheryl-Kay Phillips mixed it with the big guys at the New Zealand Culinary Fare in Auckland over the weekend.

The young pair competed in the live kitchen competitions at the country’s most prestigious culinary event.

Seventeen year old Thomas gained a silver medal in the Trainee Pasta category with his Beetroot and Feta stuffed Ravioli.

Cheryl-Kay (18) collected silver for her seared beef fillet with pumpkin puree and glazed baby vegetables in the Open Beef class.

Both had been practising the preparation and plating of their respective dishes for weeks in addition to their normal course workload. On the day of competition, they each had one hour to produce four identical Main dishes for judging.  

UCOL Wairarapa tutor Damian Peeti says the pair performed very well, especially at their age. “These two have really excelled in their studies and under the pressure and scrutiny of top level competition.”

Both Thomas and Cheryl-Kay are Youth Guarantee students who started their study at UCOL under the government funded scheme.

They both gained their Certificate in Professional Cookery Level 3 last semester, and are now doing a Certificate in Baking and Pastry Level 3.


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