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One Winner, Three Gold Medals in ‘Junior Masterchef'

One Winner And Three Gold Medals Awarded in ‘Junior Masterchef’.

16th Sept, 2014

Nelson College edged out two very close competitors to take the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge Title for 2014.

Nine teams from all over NZ competed in an intense 90 minute cook-off at the Manukau Institute of Technology’s Culinary School on Friday in front of a judging panel, made up exclusively of senior industry chefs.

Judges started by giving each team 100 points and then removed points for technical faults. The winner was chosen and medals awarded based on the total points each team was left with.

Nelson College students, Chakkapong Klahan and Louis Clark just beat Auckland’s Long Bay College and Dunedin’s Queen’s High School to take the 2014 title but all three schools took away a Gold medal.

“The difference between the gold medals and what ultimately decided the winner was actually very little. The winning team 'worked like industry professionals, showcased some excellent skills and executed their dishes using the sponsor’s product in a fresh and innovative way. We were extremely impressed by their work', said Chief Judge, Mark Wylie.

Event organiser and major sponsor, City & Guilds confirmed that it was the first year the Nelson/Marlborough region had entered the competition.

City & Guilds Pacific Regional Manager, Glenn Fulcher oversaw all ten events, “What a final. Nine teams battled for the national title and battle they did. The food was amazing and up there with any event I have been involved in. Each school had planned and executed their dish in the best way possible during a heated competition. It makes me very proud to be part of an event that helps identify the future stars of the industry I love so much. If these guys are the yardstick then I can safely say the future is looking great”.

GOLD MEDAL (90-100 points):
Nelson/Marlborough: Nelson College – Chakkapong Klahan and Louis Clark (Winners)
Auckland: Long Bay College (North Shore) – Kiwon Lee and Minseop Kim
Southern: Queen's High School (Dunedin) – Lauren Wright and Abby Johnson

SILVER MEDAL (80-89 points):
Northland: Northland Trades Academy (Whangarei) – Hayden Rodgers (Whangarei Boys) and Mataroria Rawhiti (Tauraroa Area School)
Waikato: Sacred Heart Girls' College (Hamilton) – Melissa Petrin and Hannah Ralph
Hawkes Bay: St John's College (Hastings) – Jake Ireland and Sam Heaven
Taranaki: Spotswood College (New Plymouth) – Bree Paton-Courtney and Shardae McGoven
Wellington: Heretaunga College (Upper Hutt) – Tyler Langerveld and Grace Cunningham

BRONZE MEDAL (70-79 points):
Canterbury: Burnside High School (Christchurch) – Kimberly McLeod and Sharon Cao

Chief Judge, Mark Wylie – General Manager of Cater Plus.
Jeremy Schmid – chef at The Officer's Mess at Fort Takapuna and author of ‘Bangers to Bacon’ and ‘Smoked’.
Ben Bayly – chef at Baduzzi & The Grove restaurants in Auckland and judge on TVNZ’s newest hit show MKR NZ.
Craig Lucas – Chef/Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology’s Culinary School (MIT).
John Kelleher – Chef/Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Chakkapong Klahan and Louis Clark received a gift pack each from, an iPad mini and a $2,000 scholarship each towards their study of a City & Guilds International Catering Qualification, in a City & Guilds approved training centre of their choice.
Nelson College received a $1,000 voucher from Bidvest and the E32D4 Blue Seal Turbofan Oven and Stand from Moffat New Zealand worth $7,000.

The annual National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge is made possible by strong support from the following sponsors; City & Guilds NZ Chicken - Southern Hospitality – - Potatoes New Zealand 5+ A DAY - Bidvest – Moffatt -


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