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A-G Urges Students At Chef Comp

The 4th Secondary Schools Chef Challenge Competition 2015 was held at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast yesterday. Officially opened by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the challenge
25 Jul 2015 10:25
A-G Urges Students At Chef Comp
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort general manager Peter Hopgood and enthusiastic young chefs during the School’s Chef Challenge 2015 at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The 4th Secondary Schools Chef Challenge Competition 2015 was held at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast yesterday.

Officially opened by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the challenge in its fourth year brought in 140 students from the Nadroga/Navosa and Nadi schools.

He encouraged young people to take advantage of opportunities provided for them.

“The total country’s wealth, 35 per cent of that comes from tourism, so that’s more than one third and this is a very important sector for us,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“It is one of the sectors that if we do not plan ahead, there could be a lot of leakages and we could lose a lot of that revenue overseas.

“If we, for example, don’t train our chefs to use local produce, we will be importing overseas produce.”

He said we should keep the money in the country and through the use of local produce, we could also fight non-communicable diseases.”

He encouraged the budding young chefs to continue on their career.

“Any profession is a good profession. You should not look down on people because every single profession is important,” he said.

He assured the Fijians that the FijiFirst Government is here to provide and facilitate for them.

Resort general manager Peter Hopgood told the students to maintain their passion in culinary.

“Food is passion, it doesn’t matter where you go in the world. You need to have the passion to deliver quality meals to entertain your guests.

“This is a big thing for Fiji because Fiji is growing bigger and better year on year,” Mr Hopgood said.

Minister for Women Rosy Akbar also took time out to visit the challenge and said that no job was big or small.

“We encourage students to follow any career that is going to help them earn a living,” Ms Akbar said.

 

The Challenge

The competition started with an Egg Dish Challenge which was co-sponsored by Ram Sami & Sons Limited. It was for 30 minutes.

Following that was the Chicken Dish Challenge (60 minutes) which was co-sponsored by Crest Chicken.

Another 60 minutes was also allowed for the Vegetarian Dish Challenge which was co-sponsored by Navosa Farm Fresh Produce.

The 60 minute Seafood Dish Challenge was co-sponsored by Danny’s Limited while the final class, Cake Decoration Challenge was co-sponsored by Bakels.

 

Winners

Overall Winner

Cuvu College

Egg Dish

Cuvu College

Chicken Dish

Sigatoka Methodist College

Vegetarian Dish

Sigatoka Methodist College

Seafood Dish

Sangam SKM College (Nadi)

Cake Decoration

Sangam SKM College (Nadi)

 

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