Murray River Culinary Challenge - Grand Final
The Challenge is an industry standard cooking competition for secondary school students enrolled in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Hospitality Training Package.
The Murray River Culinary Challenge is a three tiered competition. At the school level, students compete individually to vie for a spot in the Regional Final. The two top scoring students from each school are paired and compete as a team in the Regional Final, the top scoring team then progressing to the Grand Final. Menus in each level of the competition become progressively more difficult and are designed for students to be able to demonstrate their skills learnt during their hospitality training.
The Challenge spans four regions and will involve more than 99 students attending 16 schools from Campaspe, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Wangaratta.
The Regional Cook off between teams from Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, Rochester Secondary College and Kyabram P-12 College, resulted in the St Joseph’s duo of Cloe O’Brien & Nathan Huismann becoming the Grand Final team for Campaspe region on Monday September 9.
Campaspe was joined by teams from Murray Mallee, Goulburn Murray and Wangaratta regions who enjoyed a viewing of the kitchens at Galen Catholic College and a dinner with trainers and judges the night before the competition.
Each student had just 2.5 hours to present 3 dishes designed to display knife skills and basic methods of cookery. The industry judges were looking for consistency, flavour and were certainly impressed with the creative presentation from the students.
A big thank you to our Industry judges George Santos - Moama Bowling Club, Rebecca Hart - Boo’s Place Café & Providore and stepping in for Megan Knapp - The Kitchen Door, Dameon Holmes - Intermezzo Café. The feedback to the students is invaluable.
Wangaratta team of Kara Leocata & Jenna Carter were the clear winners on the day. The coveted Murray River Culinary Challenge trophy, a piece of highly polished red gum sourced from the Koondrook forest, is now residing with the reigning champions, at Notre Dame College.
Moama Bowling Club has been a long term sponsor of the Murray River Culinary Challenge in the Campaspe region and we thank them for their continued generosity and support.