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Success at the Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge

​Left to Right - Abbey Shaw, Jess Lee, Cailie Sager and Hayley McKenzie.
On Saturday 19 July, teams of students from secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast competed in the Regional Finals of the Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge at the East Coast TAFE.  The competition was organised by the Australian Culinary Federation in conjunction with Sustainable Partnerships Australia.
The competition aims to strengthen links between the Hospitality industry and schools and encourage school leavers to consider a future in the industry.
Teams of Year 10 students from across the coast prepared their dishes using the ingredients nominated by the Culinary Federation. The students competed in teams of 2 and were judged against a strict set of criteria.  Each team had 90 minutes to prepare their meal and plate-up in readiness for tasting by the judges. We were very fortunate to have both our teams win bronze medals. The girls were very excited and thoroughly deserve to be congratulated on their efforts - not the least of which have included early morning practice sessions.
Abbey Shaw and Jess Lee have been selected to compete for the Sunshine Coast Region at the State Final on Saturday 16 August at the Ekka.
While they have certainly needed to commit themselves to the competition the girls have also enjoyed some wonderful experiences. They were mentored by some fine chefs at the master class conducted by the Federation and received constructive feedback from the judges on how to improve their work for the State Final.
The girls have been a delight to work with and we are all very excited about Abbey and Jess’ involvement in the Ekka.  Good luck girls, the students and staff wish you every success.