Two Auckland Culinary Students Through to Grand Final

Four culinary students from the Auckland North and Auckland South regions have competed for a place in the National Secondary Schools Culinary Competition (NSSCC) Grand Final.

The regional final was held at the NZ Chefs Culinary Salon at Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara.

Tamara's Dish


Congratulations to Tamara Hesketh from Taipa Area School, regional winner for Auckland North and Wei-Zin Chan from Botany Downs Secondary College, regional winner for Auckland South.

Tamara and Wei-Zin turned up the heat in the kitchen, having to prepare, cook and plate, two individually plated portions of an entrée within 60 minutes. The entrée had to contain fresh New Zealand grown broccoli as the main component of the dish.

Tamara’s winning dish, Tempura, panko fried broccoli on broccoli wasabi cream with a Horopito, Mirin Asian dipping sauce.

Wei-Zin’s winning dish, Broccoli pancake with three cheese ricotta, broccoli puree with walnut filling, pickled broccoli stem and salsa. Garnished with microgreens and balsamic glaze.

Wei-Zin's Dish

Judges congratulated all the competitors for their inspiring creations, good use of ingredients that were well seasoned and great use of broccoli, which was cooked very well in many ways.

The culinary students representing their schools were: Karisma Kingi and Tamara Hesketh from Taipa Area School, Jorga Diffey and Wei-Zin Chan from Botany Downs Secondary College.

Each regional winner will choose a teammate and compete in the NSSCC Grand Final against seven other regional teams on 8th September in Auckland.

The competition is proudly sponsored by 5+ A Day, Bidfood, Moffat, Service IQ, Southern Hospitality, Waitoa Chicken, and, all of whom are supporting the industry’s upcoming best student chefs.

NSSCC is organised annually by the Culinary Arts Development Trust (CADT), a non-profit charitable trust formed in January 2015.