Champ eyes national title
Burger queen Rosie O'Brien is sharpening her skills as she prepares to compete against some of the best in the culinary business.
The year 10 student flew to Auckland during the weekend, armed with her secret ingredients for this year's secondary school beef and lamb burger competition.
Former Geraldine student Amon Corbett won the competition two years ago. Now Rosie wants to add to that success.
Rosie won the regional competition's junior section in June with her Moroccan burger creation, which she has spent countless hours perfecting since. She competed against six other students and is one of just two from the South Island who will compete in the junior section of the nationals. She will be up against a total of seven competitors.
Rosie reckons she has since made at least 15 of the burgers, modifying her recipe in the hope practice really does make perfect.
"There were lots of trials just to get the right [recipe]," she said.
Competitors will get an hour to cook and assemble their burger, which must beef or lamb based.
Rosie has opted for lamb mince.
She said getting the combination of flavours spot on was the key and hoped her Moroccan-inspired burger would be enough to win over the judging panel, which will include special guest judge Olympic gold medallist Sarah Walker.
Rosie believes assembling the burger will be the most difficult part, and is confident cooking it will be the easiest aspect.
Her tutor and head of technology and food, Judy Anderson, said she had been impressed with Rosie's success.
Ms Anderson has accompanied Rosie to Auckland to act as her support person.
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