June 16, 2008

Schools Join in Conjuring Up Culinary Delights


SCHOOL pupils with an appetite for creating culinary fare will have their opportunity to shine at the ILT Southland secondary schools catering and hospitality competition on Sunday.

The event, which is the longest running regional competition of its type in New Zealand, is open to all pupils in the region from years 7-13.

Southland Boys' High will host the competition for the fourth time but the school's catering and hospitality teacher Scott Richardson said there had been entries from all the major city schools, as well as Central Southland College.

Beginning at 9am pupils will compete in both live and static cooking and table setting competitions, and judgment of the winners will fall on local chefs and Southern Institute of Technology tutors.

Meanwhile, hospitality students at the SIT will ply their trade at their training restaurant in Ythan St this week. Fine Dining Fare is open for the public to experience a five-course meal, which is both prepared and delivered by SIT students.

The dinners are on offer from Wednesday to Friday at 6pm this week. There will also be a mid-winter Christmas-themed dinner on June 24 to 26 and July 1 to 4.

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