Kiwi cooks see off Aussies for third time

20:29, Jun 25 2014
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CULINARY GENIUS: Aoraki Polytechnic chef tutor Stephen Le Corre led his team to victory in the New Zealand International Culinary Championship Gourmet Pacific Challenge.

Aoraki Polytechnic chef tutor Stephen Le Corre has helped his New Zealand team claim a trifecta in the New Zealand Culinary International ‘Gourmet Pacific Challenge', held in Auckland at the weekend.

The challenge saw the best New Zealand and Australian chefs compete against each other in an effort to impress the internationally recognised judges.

The Kiwi team, captained by Le Corre, secured the win after two live cook-offs in the biennial Trans-Tasman event, run by the New Zealand Chefs Association.

Le Corre said he was ecstatic to win the challenge for the third time running.

"The team worked really well together and demonstrated their best culinary skills on the day. I'm very proud," he said.

The chefs supplied 85 covers for lunch and took part in a hotly contested pavlova challenge - which saw Le Corre and Christchurch's Richard Hingston emerging victorious with their Christmas-inspired pavlova, consisting of intricate red, green and white garnishes, and chocolate silver ferns.

The senior Kiwi team also included Darren Wright and Mark Sycamore, both from Christchurch.


The Timaru Herald