Team wins silver in Japan
Pair cook up a worthy performanceRUBY HARFIELD
Two Southland Boys' High School pupils have returned with a silver medal after cooking up a storm in Japan.
Nick Kergozou, 17, and Sam Deuchrass, 18, have just returned from the International Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge, held last month in Taki, Japan, with a silver medal for their dish and a fourth in the competition.
Nick, who competed last year, said he felt more confident this time as he knew the rules and how it worked.
But it was harder this year as the ingredients were different to what they were used to and they had problems connecting their food processor to the power over there, he said.
While he was disappointed to get silver, it had been a great experience and the pair had tried some amazing food, he said.
Sam said he was much more nervous when practising than taking part in the actual event as by that time he had practised so much he felt prepared.
They enjoyed socialising with the other teams during the week, he said.
''We got on well with the Aussies.''
Both said they were a bit downhearted with the result but enjoyed the competition.
Their teacher Scott Richardson said the result was a bit disheartening but the boys had done really well and completed the challenge within the hour which would have been difficult.
Attending the competition was great for the boys as they got to meet people from different countries, try delicious food and travel around Japan, he said.
The teams had to design a dish from set ingredients, under a certain price which had to be entered before the competition.
During the challenge they had to make four plates of the same dish within an hour following all sorts of criteria, he said.
The boys made a beef fillet dish for $14 which included pumpkin puree, tortellini and turned courgette.
Nine teams took part in the competition, which was won by Japan.
A Taipei team came second with the Gold Coast third.
The school combined the cooking trip with their language trip so eight boys from the school spent three weeks travelling Japan.
Sam is off to Sydney soon as he had been offered an apprenticeship.
Nick will be heading into year 13 next year.
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