Wed 4 Jul 2018

Benjamin, Greer win

Two chicken dishes have resulted in two New Plymouth youngsters being served up the chance to win a national competition.

Last Saturday (June 30) WITT hosted a cook-off to find this year’s winners to represent Taranaki at the national finals of the NZ Chefs Kiwi Kids Can Cook competition.

The event is staged in two age group categories, 5 to 9 and 10 to 12 years.  This year’s winners were Benjamin Chow from St Pius School (5-9) who cooked a Thai Chicken Curry and Greer Lock from Vogeltown School (10-12) who cooked Chicken Parmigiana with Sautéed Vegetables. 

The children had 30 minutes to cook a portion of a meal that had to feature New Zealand vegetables.

“What they produce is amazing, they spend hours practising and fine-tuning their dishes,” said Angela Ferguson, WITT Faculty Leader and Executive of the NZ Chef Taranaki Branch. 

The pair will be coming to WITT during the school holidays to have a practice and get some feedback and advice from Angela in preparation for the finals.

“WITT is very proud to support these future young chefs, some of the past national winners are now studying nutrition at Otago University and one is doing his apprenticeship at the Hilton in Auckland.

NZ Chef National Vice President and Chef Tutor from NorthTec Hughie Blues, who was the founder of the competition 10 years ago along with Angela Ferguson, and Taranaki chef/caterer Ralph Arnold, were judges. Hughie, who has been travelling around the country for all the regional finals said the dishes presented were on par with what is being served around the country and he is predicting a fantastic national final in August.

The finals will be held as part of the National Hospitality Championships in Auckland from August 11 to 14.


Pictured: Greer and Benjamin, with their medals and prizes.