Onehunga High School’s culinary team impressed judges at the recent Auckland regional competition of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge seeing them take top honours. Emmanuel Lee and Abigail Rapana presented the judges with an entrée of beetroot pasta with a stuffing of goat’s cheese feta, ricotta, sundried tomato, green pear and roasted walnut. This was served on a soft puree of golden beetroot with a Parmesan crisp, baby beets and fresh pear, finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
“The winning duo displayed amazing technical skills and team work,” said event organiser and judge, Glenn Fulcher from City & Guilds. “The colours of both the entrée and main were fantastic and both dishes were worthy of being served at any Auckland restaurant.” The national final will be held on Friday 28 August in Auckland.