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2021

The National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge grand final and the New Zealand Culinary Journey were cancelled on 24 August 2021 due to the continued uncertainty around lock down levels and the need to plan for COVID 19 enforced travel and event restrictions. This was sad news especially for the competitors, teachers and team trainers who had worked hard to prepare for the national final. The Culinary Arts Development Trust wishes all competitors the very best with their future careers in hospitality.

2021 Finalists

REGIONSECONDARY SCHOOL
STUDENTSTEACHER
WellingtonWellington Trades AcademyJasmine Beech and Tuihana HohaiaToby Sanderson
Hawkes BayHavelock North High SchoolAbbie Lythgoe and Sophia LangfordKate McLennan
Taranaki/WhanganuiNew Plymouth Boys High SchoolJosh Ace and Eddy LiAaron Lock
Canterbury/TasmanMount Hutt College
Meghan Foster and Theo WheatleyLinda Paterson
Otago/SouthlandJohn McGlashan CollegeWilliam Loe and Jed NevillDuncan McLean
Auckland SouthBotany Downs Secondary CollegeWei-Zen Chan and Jorja DiffeyAngie Thomson
Auckland NorthTaipa Area SchoolTamara Hesketh and Karisma KingiNicola Cameron
WaikatoTe Awamutu College
Caitlyn Blakely and Jenna ChambersWill Cawkwell

Regional finalists 2020

The National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge grand final and the New Zealand Culinary Journey were cancelled due to the continued uncertainty around lock down levels and the need to plan for COVID 19 enforced travel and event restrictions. This was sad news especially for the competitors, teachers and team trainers who had worked hard to prepare for the national final. The Culinary Arts Development Trust wishes all competitors the very best with their future careers in hospitality.

2020 Finalists

REGIONSECONDARY SCHOOL
STUDENTSTEACHER
WellingtonWellington High SchoolNikita Dyer and Euliz SamsonBob Naylor
Hawkes BayNapier Girls High SchoolPhoebe Laugesen and Sophie DowningRachel Pollett
TaranakiNew Plymouth Boys High SchoolJamie Ung and Lachie SmithAdrienne Roberts
CanterburyTimaru Boys High SchoolMatt Kennedy and Callum BowmarMegan Blake
SouthlandKings High SchoolNickolas Bryan and Manaia Thomas-ColemanDuncan McLean
Auckland South
Manurewa High SchoolUna Katoa and Dylan
Sara Blackburn
Auckland NorthKamo High SchoolRaivyn-Skye Tangariki-Pou and Daniel HulseJanelle McKenzie
WaikatoTe Awamutu CollegeIlisa Folau and Alyssa KingWill Cawkwell

Winners - NSSCC

YEAR

SECONDARY SCHOOL

STUDENTS

TEACHER

2021National Final cancelled due to COVID 19


2020Online Competition and National Final
cancelled due to COVID 19
N/A
2019Te Awamutu College - WaikatoIllsa Folau and Alyssa KingWill Cawkwell
2018Burnside High School - ChristchurchMaggie Carroll and Lisa KhorozovaKristie Hanley
2017MIT Trades Academy - AucklandKeita Henry and Sose AilepataGaynor Matthews
2016St John’s College  - Hawke's BaySam Heaven and Daniel MossCraig Ireland
2015Burnside High School - ChristchurchClize Craven and Miku KiyamaNathan Sandes

2021 Online Winner Announcements

Congratulations to all students entering the Year 9 to 11 Online NSSCC Competition. 
The judges are looking for recipes that showcase NZ grown carrots as the principle ingredient used in a sweet or savoury application. 

Check out the 'story highlights' on the NSSCC Instagram page to view all the entries and winner's entries.

THE WINNERS ARE:

WEEK 1: Jemma Woodard from Botany Downs Secondary College. 
Judges comments - "Great entry Jemma. Your cake looks well prepared and delicious. The photographs and explanations are fantastic and i'm glad your sisters enjoyed testing the cake as well. You clearly have talent and enthusiasm for cooking and we'd encourage you to continue this. Well done and congratulations!"

WEEK 2: Wei-Zin Chan from Botany Downs Secondary College.
Judges comments - "What an amazing looking cake. Lovely finish which those chubby fondant carrots and extra smooth icing. The combination of Carrot and Pineapple sounds yum and would keep the cake moist."

WEEK 3: Bethany Eagle from Botany Downs Secondary College.
Judges comments - "Another great entry Bethany. Your truffles look delicious and would taste great with the pecans and white chocolate. There is a lot of work that goes in to preparing these and you should be very proud of your entry. Your video is excellent and its great to hear your enthusiasm as you talk about your entry, We hope you enjoyed eating them with your family!"

Click here for a quick view of each winner's dish.

Judges Feedback - Week 1 NSSCC At Home

13th April 2020

Congratulations to everyone that entered the first week of our at home online competition. We’ve seen some fantastic recipes coming through from students across the country which have been a pleasure to judge.

On behalf of our judging panel I’d like to provide all competitors with a friendly reminder around some of the rules and criteria. One of the first things we look for with each entry is that the competition rules and criteria have actually been met. For this competition that means a couple of things. Firstly, each dish must have a minimum of three fresh or frozen New Zealand vegetables. Secondly, each entry needs to be accompanied by a video posted to Facebook that is no longer than three minutes in duration. The video should show both the preparation, cooking and eating of the dish and use the hashtag #NSSCCathome

We’re not going to disqualify any of the already submitted entries that haven’t met this criteria but will be sending an email back to each entrant pointing out what they have missed. We’re doing this so the entries can be adjusted and resubmitted for a later week. For all new entries we’d ask that you check and ensure that you have met these key requirements before submitting.

Good luck everyone, stay safe and we’ll look forward to seeing more of your great entries over the next few weeks. 

Mark Wylie, Chief Judge NSSCC

Te Awamutu College awarded gold at the national grand finale

Yesterday was a day of celebration as Ilisa Folau and Alyssa King representing Te Awamutu College won gold. This massive achievement was due to many hours of training for the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition Grand Finale.

Folau and King cooked up a storm having to prepare, cook and present, individually plated, four portions of an entrée and four portions of a main course within 90 minutes. The team’s entrée, Dukkah crusted carrot falafel with vibrant carrot puree, pickled carrot, smoked feta and tahini sauce. For the main, Pancetta wrapped Waitoa chicken breast stuffed with black garlic, blackened leek, kumara puree and trio of winter greens.

Chief Judge Mark Wylie commented on the professionalism shown by all 7 teams competing. The competition continues to evolve, and the culinary standards reach new heights every year. Folau and Kings winning dishes showcased contemporary, modern presentation and consistency across each plate served to the team of judges.

Culinary students represented their schools: Wellington High School, Napier Girls High School, New Plymouth Boys’ High School, Timaru Boys High School, King’s High School, Te Awamutu College and Kamo High School.

The competition is proudly sponsored by Bidfood, Moffat, 5+ A Day, Service IQ, Southern Hospitality, Waitoa and vegetables.co.nz, all of whom are supporting the industries upcoming best chefs.

2019 Regional Round Up

In April the Culinary Arts Development Trust launched the 2019 National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition. After many weeks of students preparing and cooking at regional finals, NSSCC have secured 8 teams of two to compete at the grand final in Auckland, September 3.

These are the 8 winning students representing their schools accompanied by one team mate:

  • Hawke's Bay Sophie Downing - Napier Girls’ High School
  • Taranaki / Whanganui Jamie Ung - New Plymouth Boys High School
  • Canterbury / Tasman Matt Kennedy - Timaru Boys’ High School
  • Otago / Southland Nick Bryan - King’s High School
  • Auckland North Raivyn-Skye Tangariki-Pou - Kamo High School
  • Auckland South Una Katoa - Manurewa High School
  • Wellington Nikita Dyer - Wellington High School
  • Waikato Ilisa Folau - Te Awamutu College

Each student competing at the regional final had to prepare, cook and plate two individual portions of an entrée course within 60 minutes. Fresh carrots were a main component of the dish. 

NSSCC highlights and celebrates our best upcoming chefs for the hospitality industry.

The purpose of the Culinary Arts Development Trust and secondary school competitions is to ensure students consider hospitality as a career option and further their culinary studies.

This competition would not be possible without our generous sponsors:

Bidfood, Moffat, 5+ A Day, Service IQ, Southern Hospitality, Waitoa and Vegetables.co.nz.

 

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