Harry, Will and Jed cook up a storm!

Sunday 11th July 2021

The inaugural entry from John McGlashan in the National Secondary School Chef Competition

Our students won two Golds and a Bronze medal. Harry Allen(Year 13), Will Loe (Year 12) and Jed Nevill (year 11) earned these medals at the Regional Final of the NSSCC which is the national secondary school chef competition. Each competitor had one hour to prepare 2 servings of an entree dish celebrating broccoli. Each contestant starts their hour with a perfect score of 100 and 2 professional chef judges look for reasons to take marks off for everything from incorrect uniform to over-seasoning or wastage. At least 30 hours of practice was put into preparing for the event with the help from food professionals: Tom White (Burger Plant) and Brenna Lee (Vault 21/Prohibition Smokehouse)Will Loe’s winning dish was: tempura broccolini served with pickled beetroot and broccoli stem. Accompanied by a broccoli and toasted almond crumb and broccoli miso puree. While Jed Nevill made: tempura broccoli stem, sautéed broccolini served on a broccoli puree dressed with a balsamic pomegranate vinaigrette. Garnished with candied walnuts and seared onion. Harry created a great Broccoli and ricotta ravioli served with a lemon beurre noisette and garnished with fresh herbs.As the highest-scoring regional competitor, Will Loe will pair up with Jed Nevill to compete in the national final in Auckland on September 8. This is usually live-streamed via the NSSCC Facebook page so you can check in on the pairs’ progress on the day. The pair have 90 minutes to create 4 servings of an entree and 4 mains under the same marking schedule.