Jul 1, 2016
The 2016 Northland Salon Culinaire was held on Sunday 12th June at NorthTec, Whangarei. An initiative created by Northland Chefs, the Northland Salon Culinaire is a platform to showcase the best of Northland’s talented young professionals.
It was a busy and vibrant atmosphere throughout the day as over 80 entrants competed in the hot kitchen, front of house, barista and static cookery classes for secondary school students, trainee’s studying at tertiary level and those working in the hospitality industry Competitors came from all over the north including NorthTec Hospitality, NorthTec Trades Academy, Whangarei Girls High School, Kerikeri High School and of course The Culinary Institute of New Zealand (CINZ).
Three CINZ students entered and all three received gold and best in class.
Robert Stringer entered the chicken class - a chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms, fondant potato, seasonal veg, pink peppercorn jus.
Mere Te Maru entered the soup class – Mere made pea soup with bacon, sweetcorn and filo.
Karan Chamling entered the salmon class, creating a beautifully poached sesame salmon with kumara puree, beetroot and cucumber.
Hughie Blues, Salon Director for Northland Chefs says “The skills displayed throughout all classes of the competition just seem to get better each year and we are fortunate to have excellent mentoring from teachers, tutors and industry professionals working with students at secondary school level through to tertiary level.
Regional competitions are designed to provide friendly competition and encourage confidence in the competitors to go on and compete at a national level. With so much talent wanting to achieve at this high level it can only be a good thing for the future of the Northland hospitality industry”.
CINZ supported the competition through sponsoring the secondary school Café Sandwich and Soup classes.
A huge congratulations to Jonanthan Sefton, Campus Manager and tutor, and his team of tutors and students for all their preparation and hard work, and on the their fantastic result.