Home' Hospitality Business : HB SPT 2015 Contents “We put in months of training in the lead up to the event,
juggling work and study commitments just to compete.
That all paid off on the day, with a menu and service
delivery that scored us top marks.”
WITT Hospitality Faculty Leader Angela Ferguson who
was the team’s manager and kitchen trainer said she was
thrilled that they had won.
“Gaining top ranking in such a prestigious competition as
Nestlé Toque d’Or is a major achievement. It’s testimony
to the dedication and commitment of the team and their
single-minded focus to win. The sky is the limit now for
these students, with rewarding careers firmly in their reach,”
“While the competition was intense on the day, the students
kept their cool to ultimately outperform the very best from
around the country. To have helped our students to stand
out from the rest is a huge victory for WITT. It will further
cement the institute’s reputation within the hospitality
industry and clearly stamp Taranaki as a top education
destination for people looking to pursue a culinary or
restaurant service career.”
Event organiser and NZChefs President Graham Hawkes
said Nestlé Toque d’Or challenges competitors to ‘dig deep’
and achieve great results.
“There’s simply no room for error and teams have to be
focussed and in top form on the day. Aside from the
competitive element, the event also gives the students an
opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of some of
the country’s most highly-regarded culinary professionals
which often leads to work opportunities.”
A special award sponsored by Moffat that recognises
innovative use of Nestlé Professional products across a team’s
menu, went to the Central Campus of Otago Polytechnic.
This year was the 25th anniversary of Nestlé Toque d’Or
which is New Zealand’s longest running and most prestigious
student cookery and food service event. Aside from New
Zealand, it is also held in 17 other countries around the world
and has launched the careers of world-famous chefs
including Jamie Oliver.
Sponsors of this year’s event were: Nestlé Professional,
Beef + Lamb New Zealand, vegetables.co.nz, Akaroa
Salmon, House of Knives and Moffat.
TARANAKI TOPS IN CULINARY STAKES
A team from the Western Institute of Technology Taranaki
(WITT) has taken out the top award in the prestigious
annual Nestlé Toque d’Or student culinary competition.
Culinary students Abbey Warner and Nerys Whelan proved
to be champs in the kitchen, while front of house competitor
Genevieve Lysaght dazzled diners.
Abbey and Nerys battled it out against 22 other top culinary
students from around the country to create their award-
winning three course menu which comprised a starter of
seared Akaroa salmon with Asian greens, followed by a main
of oven roasted New Zealand beef sirloin with butternut
velvet, glazed baby fennel and turnip, oxtail and onion hotpot
with smoked whiskey jus. The menu concluded with a
chocolate and beetroot brownie dessert.
Out front, Genevieve served up the dishes to special guests
dining at the event.
The pressure was on throughout the three hour live kitchen
cook off, as the team fought against the clock and scrutiny
of top industry judges. Any slip up by competitors was duly
noted by the judges and marked as lost points.
The panel of judges was led by high profile chef and leading
culinary figure Darren Wright. Competing teams were marked
against WorldChefs International Judging Standards which
include food preparation, presentation, taste and service.
This is the first time that the top award has gone to the
Taranaki region. The event which has been running for 25
years is a firm fixture on the culinary calendar and is hotly
contested by the country’s leading hospitality institutes.
Nerys said she and her team mates were elated to have won
the competition, after having given up so much and trained
so hard for the event.
Photo (left to right) Nerys Whelan, Abbey Warner and Genevieve Lysaght.
Western Institute of Technology Taranaki
Central Campus of Otago Polytechnic
Innovation Award Winner
North Shore International Academy
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Auckland University of Technology
Eastern Institute of Technology
Universal College of Learning Palmerston North
Waiariki Institute of Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
New Zealand Defence Catering School
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