Kitchen whizzes stir up a treat
A group of Southland boys have proved they are whizzes in the kitchen.
Southland Boys' High School pupils Lee Richardson, 18, Ethan Wilks, 17, and Mitchell Leask, 17, have returned from the New Zealand Culinary Fare with six medals.
Medals are awarded on a points basis and reflect performance rather than a placing.
The competition was held in Auckland from Sunday until Tuesday this week.
Richardson competed in the tea pastries and Dilmah tea match and the table setting challenge. He brought home gold medals in both classes and came second overall in each, one point behind the winner.
Wilks and Leask competed in cafe breakfast and the soup challenge. Both came back with two silver medals each, with Wilks coming second in cafe breakfast and Leask bringing home second in the soup category.
Wilks and Leask were a little disappointed with their results.
"I wanted a gold, of course I wanted a gold," Leask said.
Despite being the only one to bring home golds, Richardson still thought he could have done better.
"There's always room to improve," he said. He scored 90 and 91 points in his sections, while the overall winner scored 91 and 92 points.
Food technology teacher Scott Richardson said nerves weren't running high for the boys because they had previously competed in the competition.
But there were some pre-competition jitters, he said.
Richardson was proud of his team.
"My goal for them, my personal goal, is that they medal. It doesn't matter what colour it is," he said.
The competition had long days for the boys, starting at 5am.
They were also the only competitors who had travelled from the South Island to compete, Richardson said.
Kerikeri High School went home with the top secondary school prize.
The Southland Times