The nation's best and brightest hospitality students today competed in live cook-offs in Auckland for the coveted Nestle Toque d'Or prize.
Aoraki Polytechnic hospitality students James Verey and Benjamin Simpson battled competitors from around the country in a task that required them to cook and serve a three-course menu in a set time to guests and judges.
The 12 institutes competing at the event were required to put forward a team of three of their best students.
Students were then marked by a panel of judges according to World Chefs Societies' International Judging Standards.
The results, including details of the overall winning team, will be announced in Auckland tonight.
The annual Nestle Toque d'Or is now in its 24th year and is the country's top student culinary and restaurant service competition.
The competition is run by Nestle Professional, in conjunction with the New Zealand Chefs Association (NZCA), and includes pitting teams of top culinary and front-of-house students against each other in live cook-offs.
- The Timaru Herald