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Aoraki Polytechnic cookery and hospitality students have returned from a national competition with plenty of medals dangling around their necks.
Eleven cookery students travelled to Invercargill for the Southern Light Salon Culinaire with nine coming home with medals, including a gold.
They were up against more than 120 people testing their skills at the competition on June 9.
The regional competition featured entries from polytechnic students, secondary schools, and people already working in the hospitality industry.
Students could enter 20 sections, ranging from preparing and cooking a variety of dishes and desserts, to barista, table setting, and beverage service.
The static event, in which competitors made items such as desserts, cupcakes, and flans before the competition, was the most popular.
Olivia King, who won gold, said she had only "plated" the dish once before heading to the competition.
Four hospitality students competed at the event in Dunedin, coming away with three medals, all in innovative cocktails.
Student Viv Moffat said the key to cocktail-making was in "imagination and balance between different ingredients".
She said it was an exciting category to enter.
Organisers said the event had been a great success.
Convenor and Southland Institute of Technology chef tutor Tony Goodall the competition was good for the students' confidence, and gave them the chance to show off their skills to those who worked in the industry and who judged the competition, he said.
"It gave the students a chance to show what they had learned and gain recognition from industry experts."
Meanwhile, students have taken out seven medals at the New Zealand Baker of the Year competition in Auckland at the weekend.
The eight certificate in bakery programme students were up against qualified industry professionals.
Judges and organisers congratulated the students on their efforts.
The judges were amazed at the quality they were producing from a six-month bakery course, Aoraki Polytechnic marketing and communications co-ordinator Nicola Pearce said.
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