Jul 30, 2015
Students from The Culinary Institute of New Zealand in Kerikeri have once again found success at the Northland Salon Culinaire competition, earning gold and silver medals for their efforts.
Held in Whangarei on June 14, The Northland Salon Culinaire is Northland’s annual cooking competition, showcasing the very best emerging talent in Northland’s hospitality industry. It’s a great way for students to hone their skills, and sees them cook under pressure for the opportunity to benchmark themselves against others from across the region.
Clemence Kemp won the chicken class and took gold for the school, while Abhinav Sharma came out on top for the soup class, also taking a gold medal.
The salmon class was the most popular this year, with 13 students competing head-to-head. Renae Matthews came first, claiming Best in Class with a silver medal. Ngahuia Pou came second equal in the class, also claiming a silver medal.
Ange Pijacun just missed out on a gold medal in the pasta class, taking out Best in Class with a silver medal. Ian Whitley also got a silver medal for the class.
Jon Sefton, Culinary Institute Centre Manager, says that the students worked hard and performed well on the day, and the results reflect that.
“Competitions like this are a great experience for students. All of their hard work and practice has paid off.”