UCOL students turn heat up at fare

STACEY OLIVER
Last updated 12:00 24/08/2012
Nicole McGill, Maia Wihare, Warren McKenzie, Jacinta Carmont, Patrice Beard and Cinnamin Waiomio
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DREAM TEAM: Nicole McGill, Maia Wihare, Warren McKenzie, Jacinta Carmont, Patrice Beard and Cinnamin Waiomio all won medals at the National Culinary Fare competition in Auckland.

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Palmerston North's UCOL has cooked up one of its best ever results at the National Culinary Fare competition.

Five students from UCOL's professional cookery level four programme won medals at the competition in Auckland this week, with chef lecturer Warren McKenzie also taking home a silver for his duck dish and a first placing in the quack-a-duck class.

Cinnamin Waiomio, 19, won a gold medal in the trainee soup class, making her the top trainee soup maker in the country.

Jacinda Carmont and Patrice Beard won silver and bronze, respectively, in the soup class and Maia Wihare won bronze in the fish and seafood class

Freya Johansen-Allen won silver and took top honours in the open lamb class.

Chef lecturer Mark Smith said he was pleased with the group's "amazing" efforts.

"It's the best yet. It's fantastic," Mr Smith said.

"They had a lot of practise and training and they worked really hard to get there."

Each competitor began with 100 points.

The students with the most points left at the end walked away with medals.

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