Three students. Three courses. Two-and-a-half hours.
Manukau Institute of Technology culinary students Jacklin Pillay, Elizabeth Hodge and restaurant service student Esther Venema raced against time to take out silver medals at this year's Nestle Toque d'Or competition.
The contest, which is held in 17 countries around the world, celebrates excellence in food service and hospitality and has launched the careers of world-class chefs like Jamie Oliver.
The team of three went up against 10 others at the New Zealand event, which is designed to simulate the pressure of a real working kitchen.
Competing teams are asked to prepare and serve six covers of a three-course meal within two-and-a-half hours and are judged on preparation, hygiene, presentation, taste and service.
Event manager Anita Sarginson says while the competition was a difficult one, the students rose to the challenge.
"The judges are not an easy bunch to impress but once again the students surprised the panel this year with their professionalism and creativity."
WelTec was named the overall winning team of the event.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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