Cooking shows have taken over television and the craze has spread to Rangitikei College.
The high school held a Master Chef competition on Friday where the top nine food technology students pitted their culinary skills against one another.
The three teams of three were formed from the top students to emerge from fortnightly competitions throughout the year's food technology classes.
Each team had to create and cook a three-course meal for seven judges, including Zaryd Wilson of Rangitikei Mail.
Meals were judged on taste, presentation and creativity.
"None of the food has come out of a bottle," said food technology teacher Erica Green.
"If there's chilli sauce, it's all home made."
Among the creations were fried camembert wedges, stuffed chicken breast, pork belly and chocolate pudding.
Mrs Green said Master Chef was designed to spark the students' interest in food and keep them engaged in the class. It was all the students could talk about leading up to the event.
Some students had even decided to pursue becoming chefs as a career thanks to what they learnt.
Mrs Green, along with the judges, said before the scores were calculated that it was too close to call.
"It was just superb, I couldn't pick it," she said.
- Manawatu Standard