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NSSCC Newsletter February 2022 (Issue 2)


NSSCC Newsletter February 2022

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A message from the Trustees

After two years of COVID enforced disruption, we are very excited to announce details of the 2022 National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge (NSSCC). The last two years have allowed us to refine the competition and our organising committee have worked extensively to bring this event back. We are also incredibly fortunate and grateful to our loyal group of sponsors who have continued to support us throughout this period

We’ve made some changes to the regional format this year which we believe will make the competition more accessible and less disruptive. Planning for a potential covid environment was a key part of our thinking and the regional competition will now be an online entry. This replaces the live events that we have had in previous years. Our national finalists will be selected through these events and then invited to participate in an Auckland based cook off to select our national winners. All finalist teams and teachers will also be invited to participate in the New Zealand culinary journey which occurs the day after the live cook off. The culinary journey is an educational / networking event that includes supplier visits and industry tours.

Given the challenges the hospitality industry has faced over the last two years the NSSCC is now more important and relevant than ever. Our trust goal has always been to promote the hospitality industry to students and expose both teachers and trainers to a network of industry contacts. We’re very proud of some of the success stories that we’ve had. Hospitality and tourism will recover, and our industry peers need talented New Zealand students more than ever.

Please continue to check out our website for regular updates and information on our 2022 event. In the coming weeks we will announce details on two online Teachers’ seminars to be held in March and April that will be open to interested teachers. During these seminars we will outline the regional judging criteria and the rules and guidelines that we will be using. We’re promoting these to ensure that all teams are as well prepared and informed as possible.

Nga mihi

Mark Wylie & Glenn Fulcher
Trustees – Culinary Arts Development Trust


Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors for making the completion possible - we really appreciate your continued support and loyalty

Save the Date - Seminars

4pm Monday 28th March or 4pm Thursday 14th April

We are holding online Seminars for Teacher/Team managers of teams entering the online regional competition. The content will be the same at both seminars. To register for one of the seminars, click ‘register’ below:


2022 NSSCC

The Trustees and Organising Committee have planned a great competition which is going to happen regardless of what the virus may do! We have an online competition to find our regional finalists, followed by a live National competition and New Zealand Culinary Journey. If needed we have alternative Judging systems planned. The Awards ceremony could be held online and The New Zealand Culinary Journey would be held both online and at local destinations.

For more info click ‘HERE’ for an overview of the challenge.

For info about the online regional competition click ‘HERE’

Who will win the cup in 2022?

Te Awamutu College, NSSCC winners in 2019, took this fantastic Blue Seal oven back to school with a carload of other winnings! Will Cawkwell, team manager, students Ilisa Folau and Alyssa King, are with Steve Roberts from Moffat.

Key Dates 2022

· 8th July Online Regional Finalists competition entries close

· 25th July Regional Finalists announced

· 7th September NSSCC National Final at 1 pm

Welcome to our NSSCC Competition Liaison Officer

Online Regional competition

Beetroot is our recipe hero in 2022.

Looking for other seasonal produce to compliment the dish visit - Posters and check out the beetroot

Check out some Beetroot facts here

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Happy Cooking from the NSSCC team

P.S. Looking for beetroot dish ideas, see the poster below


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