Chefs missing one ingredient
Two budding chefs from Marlborough Boys' College are raising money to get to a national culinary competition in Auckland next month.
Their next fundraiser is the Blenheim premiere of the movie Le Chef on Thursday next week.
Jamie Perrott and Daniel Davidson need $3000 to compete at the New Zealand Culinary Fare in Auckland from August 19 to 21. The money covers airfares and accommodation for them and two support staff, entry fees and ingredients, as well as living costs.
Yesterday, the boys received a list of ingredients for an event in which they have to design their own dish based around Regal king salmon and red wine. They will each cook a cafe breakfast for the judges and Jamie has put his name down to prepare and present a high tea for two, including supplying cutlery and crockery.
The students have already raised $1000 by cooking breakfasts at the Marlborough Farmers' Market and catering. Cooking hot-dogs at the school had just covered costs. They have applied to charitable foundations and would love to hear from anyone with fundraising opportunities.
"If anyone is doing a little cocktail party, we are happy to lend a hand," said Jamie.
Both boys plan to make cooking their career.
Daniel says his debut was sitting on the kitchen bench cutting up vegetables for his mother when he was about 3 and Jamie started baking for his family when he was about 7.
Le Chef stars Jean Reno as renowned French chef Alexandre Lagarde whose haute cuisine style of cooking is under threat from the molecular gastronomy movement. It's even becoming popular in his home city of Paris. He has to fight to keep his bastion of traditional French fare. Also in the mix is chef-to-be Jacky Bonnot (Michael Youn), who is having problems just keeping a job.
Le Chef is at Top Town cinema from August 2, starting with the fundraising evening at 6.30 for pre-movie canapes. Tickets can be bought from the theatre or boys' college office for $20.
- The Marlborough Express