Kitchen kings silver medal winners

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King’s High School pupils Tom White and Felix McDonald sliced up the competition to win a silver medal in the final of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge.
The pair went head-tohead with eight other regional teams in a highpressure 90-minute kitchen cook-off at Manukau Institute of Technology’s Culinary School in Auckland late last month.
Felix (18) said despite missing out on the gold he was very proud of their efforts.
‘‘We were so pleased to make it to the final and be up against the best in the country. Our aim was to get silver or better, so to reach that goal among the high quality of the other competitors was really satisfying.’’
Tom (17) said the competition would hold him in great stead for his future training.
‘‘I am aiming to be a chef, so I now know what the reality of that is with having to deliver outstanding food within a specific timeframe.’’
King’s High School food and nutrition head of department Duncan McLean said the boys did themselves and the school proud.
‘‘They refined their dishes since the regional competition, focusing on flavour, and on the day they worked well as ateam in that pressured 90 minutes and delivered stylish, flavoursome dishes.’’
The team had to produce four portions of entree and main meals in 90 minutes. The dishes had to include New Zealand-produced vegetables and chicken. Silverbeet was the ‘‘hero’’ vegetable.
The entree was pot sticker dumplings stuffed with a fenugreek and sichuan pepper-infused silverbeet filling, served with a traditional soy dipping sauce and baby red chard salad.
The main was a rolled and apple-basted chicken breast, accompanied by an onion and potato rosti, baby broccoli, almond and cumin crusted baby carrots and served on a sprinkling of black pudding crumb.