Gold Awarded to Mount Hutt Culinary Student

A Mount Hutt College student has cooked their way into the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition (NSSCC) grand final.

Meghan Foster was crowned the regional winner for the Canterbury / Tasman region after she impressed judges with her dish titled Burnt Broccoli Salad, which featured broccoli mousse, jerk seeds, parmesan crisp and herb dressing.

The judges’ comments included praise for the presentation and flavoursome combinations, which beat out four other competitors.

The five students from Mount Hutt College, Papanui High School, Nelson College and Kaiapoi High School had to prepare, cook and plate two individual portions of an entrée course within 60 minutes. The entrée’s main component of their dish included fresh NZ grown broccoli.

From here Foster will collaborate with a fellow school student to form a team to compete in the grand final in Auckland on September 8.

The remaining regional competitions are scheduled for:

  • Wellington - 25th June
  • Otago / Southland - 2nd July
  • Auckland North and South - 7th July
  • Waikato - 9th July

The NSSCC is a celebration of the hospitality industry and the upcoming chefs. The competition is proudly sponsored by Bidfood, Moffat, 5+ A Day, Service IQ, Southern Hospitality, Waitoa and

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