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Budding chefs in school competition

By KAVITA NAIDU The kitchen team of the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji will be doing a community based project, partnering with Sigatoka’s Andhra College, at the School Chefs Challenge
14 Oct 2012 10:24

By KAVITA NAIDU

The kitchen team of the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji will be doing a community based project, partnering with Sigatoka’s Andhra College, at the School Chefs Challenge final on October 20.
This is in collaboration with ‘International Chefs Day’ which is recognised globally.
About 80 students from the school competed in the elimination rounds in August. The top three went into the final to compete in egg dish, chicken, vegetarian, seafood and cake decorations.
Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji executive chef and organiser of this event, Shailesh Naidu said “I couldn’t believe the dishes displayed by the students during the elimination. Most of these dishes were quite nice and tasty. A few of them would have given our national competitors a good run for their money and you wouldn’t even mind paying for these dishes if it was served in a restaurant. So we look forward to see another level of creativity in the final”.
The aim of the programme is to bring out the chef in students, enhancing dainty dishes.
“It will enhance awareness, as the basics of cooking helps in the long run and everyone needs a feed. A lot of these kids will advance for tertiary qualification mostly in Suva and Nadi areas and that’s when these little skills will come in very handy, with parents feeling a bit relaxed”, Mr Naidu said.
He acknowledged the general manager, Peter Hopgood who has a very strong drive for community work and is the man behind major projects. He also did the same for the school for their excellent support of the programme, especially Arishma Mistry .
The winners will be awarded with medals, trophies, and certificates. Crest Chicken, Ram Sami & Sons, Danny’s Seafood, Coral Coast Fruit & Vegetable Suppliers and Bakels have sponsored the event.




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