Teams of two students from throughout New Zealand will sizzle and sauté their way into winning the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge. The winners will be announced at an Awards dinner on the 29th and the students and their teachers will attend the inaugural NZ Culinary Journey on the 30th August.

“This competition provides aspiring cooks the opportunity to impress some of the country’s top chefs and with the standard of performance we have seen with this team it is game-on for the rest of the country,” said chief judge Mark Wylie. “Over the past four years many of the students have been offered apprenticeships in the hospitality industry as a result of their performance at this competition.”

Each team of two students has won a $500 Bidfood voucher, two chef's jacket for the final and for the NZ Culinary Journey, a $200 Southern Hospitality voucher and travel assistance and accommodation to attend the Final and NZ Culinary Journey.

The judges include Jeremy Schmid, Ben Bayly and Liam Fox. The National winners will each receive a $1,000 gift pack from and City & Guilds and a $2000 scholarship towards their study of a City & Guilds International Catering Qualification, in a City & Guilds approved training centre of their choice.

The winning school will receive a $1,000 voucher from Bidfood, an ANOVA Precision Cooker and a Blue Seal Range Static Oven worth $7,000.