South Canty cheese rolls put to taste test

23:19, Jul 22 2014
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TASTE TEST: Cody Fifield, from left, Peter Burt and Damon Odey start the task of judging the cheese rolls from around South Canterbury (and even as far away as Otematata).

Judges have chowed down a dairy and carbohydrate-loaded breakfast in Timaru this morning in a mission to find South Canterbury's best cheese rolls.

Twenty cheese rolls from around the region arrived at Bay Hill restaurant Fusion, between 7am and 7.30am, where judges chef Lindsay Bennett, Timaru Herald reporter Audrey Malone, Timaru District councillor Peter Burt, Timaru mayor Damon Odey and Port FM announcer Di Hay were waiting to sample them.

The competition was the brainchild of councillor Steve Wills, but an unexpected family commitment meant fellow councillor Peter Burt was called in at the last minute to take over running the event.

Burt believed a good cheese roll was crispy on the outside but "oozed filling" on the inside. Flavour was the next most important thing, he said.

Among the entries, several were brought in from Geraldine, while one was couriered (uncooked) in a chilly bag from Otematata.

The winners will be announced this morning.


The Timaru Herald