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School Chefs Challenge To Go National

The organisers of the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort School Chefs Challenge have confirmed plans to take the competition nationwide. This was outlined by the major sponsor Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.
26 Jul 2016 08:43
School Chefs Challenge To Go National
From Left:Outrigger Executive chef Shailesh Naidu,Minister for Women,Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar,and Outrigger on the Lagoon General Manager Peter Hopgood at the "School's Chef Challenge 2016" at Outrigger on the Lagoon in Sigatoka. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

The organisers of the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort School Chefs Challenge have confirmed plans to take the competition nationwide.

This was outlined by the major sponsor Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.

General manager Peter Hopgood believes that the recent event last week was a draw card for budding secondary schools chefs.

He said: “We also had a request from Suva three weeks ago, but we could not fit them here so we will bring them in next year.

“But I really believe this will go national.

“We started five years ago with one school that was Sigatoka Andra College, then we invited the province of Nadroga and thought that was big enough, and then schools from Nadi wanted to come down so we got them in, and this year we have Lautoka,”he said.

“As the general manger of the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, I am really proud that my kitchen team and all those involved can put on such an event like this school chefs competition.

 

Opportunities

“It’s wonderful for the tourism industry and it is wonderful for Fiji.

“It also gives our students an opportunity to undertake something they are very passionate about and more importantly with this discussion one day they may join us in the industry.

“We are always looking for chefs in our industry, and believe me there is a lot of opportunities. We want more home-grown chefs.”

Mr Hopgood said that 90 per cent of the chefs who work for Outrigger started as trainees.

This underscored the opportunities for those who wish to join the industry, he said.

“This is what Outrigger is all about. We want  to engage with our community. We want to engage with youths and hope that one day they will want to work in my resort not only mine, but in other resorts as well in Fiji.

“Cooking is all about passion and it comes from the heart.”

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