Thu 14 Jun 2018

Chefs: to your ovens

More than 80 entries have been received for the annual Taranaki Hospitality Competitions to be hosted at WITT next Monday – June 18.

The competition, in the E Block hospitality department, is open to the public from 8am to 2.30pm.

The event is staged by the Taranaki Branch of the New Zealand Chefs Association and will feature live cookery events and Front of House events including barista and cocktail classes.

The Chefs Association is a professional group which promotes chefs’ skills, career opportunities and culinary and secondary education. It is the Taranaki branch of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and is dedicated to promoting public awareness of standards and professionalism in the food industry.

Branch president and Salon Director Angela Ferguson, a WITT faculty leader, said the association enjoyed strong support from sponsors and attracted NZ Chefs members who travelled considerable distances to help with judging.

The chief judge for the event is Glenn Fulcher, the Pacific Regional Manager for City & Guilds, a London based international awarding body for vocational training around the world. This will be his fifth year judging the competition.

 Angela Ferguson said the event was designed to create a friendly competition as well as being a stepping stone to New Zealand’s national competition.

Competitors will be tested in a series of skills – sections include presenting a themed cake, a cheese cake, and cup-cakes.

There will be “live cookery” as competitors prepare a pasta dish, an Akaroa Salmon main, a breakfast and for secondary school students, an omelette or soup.

Open feature events also include the City & Guilds Beef or Lamb Main and the Nestle Professional Live Dessert, a secondary school team challenge, the WITT Chicken Curry Cup and Restaurant Service, Southern Hospitality Original/Innovate Cocktail and barista competitions.

Find out more about the competition here…. https://www.nzchefs.org.nz/site/nzchefs/Taranaki%20Hospitality%20Competitions%20Information%20Book.pdf