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and the winner is.....


Congratulations to Aorere Trades Academy students Keita Henry and Sose Ailepata. Have been named this year’s champions in the fourth annual National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge at Manukau Institute of Technology.

The winners were announced at a glamorous awards dinner, followed a highly-charged 90 minutes in the MIT kitchen. Tears flowed, hands trembled and spectators cheered on the teams as the students put months of learning and practice into action, creating two dishes made from New Zealand ingredients for a team of high-profile judges.

Keita and Sose’s dishes were The Pumpkin Patch Medley: pumpkin puree, topped with pumpkin discs, pan-fried black pudding, prawns and whipped goats cheese, served with pumpkin seed lavosh and roasted pumpkin seeds; followed by The Supreme Chicken Boil Up: sous vide chicken breast filled with watercress, with Agria potato dumplings, steamed seasonal NZ veg and a hot chicken broth. The students received their prize of a gift pack from sponsors valued at $500 each, and the winning school won a $1000 Bidfood voucher, a Sous Vide machine and Blue Seal oven worth over $7000. 

students and teacher with prizes