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EIT studentsJordan Murray, Liam Thomas and Mitch Thorne have proven to be winners in and out of the kitchen, after they won bronze medals at the prestigious 2015 Nestlé Toque d’Or competition.

Culinary students Jordan and Liam went head-to-head with hospitality students from around the country to win bronze at the eventheld in Auckland.  Restaurant service student Mitch who formed part of the competing team also picked up a bronze medal.

Jordan and Liam battled it out for over three hours against 11 other teams from around the country to create their medal winning three course menu which was served to guests by Mitch. Throughout the live kitchen cook off, the pressure was intense as the team fought against the clock under the ever present gaze of a team of industry judges led by high profile chef and leading culinary figure Darren Wright.

Teams were marked against WorldChefs International Judging Standards which include food preparation, presentation, taste and service.

The Western Institute of Technology Taranaki was named the overall winners of the event, while a special Innovation Award sponsored by Moffat was presented to Central Campus of Otago Polytechnic for demonstrating innovative use of Nestlé Professional products across their menu.

Event organiser and New Zealand Chefs Association President Graham Hawkes said Nestlé Toque d’Or challenges competitors to ‘dig deep’ and achieve great results.

“There’s simply no room for error and teams have to be focussed and in top form on the day. Aside from the competitive element, the event also gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of some of the country’s most highly-regarded culinary professionals which often leads to work opportunities.”

This year was the 25th anniversary of Nestlé Toque d’Or which is New Zealand’s longest running and most prestigious student cookery and food service event. Aside from New Zealand, it is also held in 17 other countries around the world and has launched the careers of world-famous chefs including Jamie Oliver.

Sponsors of this year’s event are: Nestlé Professional, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, vegetables.co.nz, Akaroa Salmon, House of Knives and Moffat.

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MEDAL RESULTS

Central Campus of Otago Polytechnic

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Silver

North Shore International Academy

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Bronze

Aoraki  Polytechnic

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Bronze

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Silver

Christchurch Polytechnic Insitute of Technology

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Gold

Auckland University of Techonology

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Silver

Eastern Institute of Technology

Culinary        Bronze

FOH                Bronze

Universal College of Learning Palmerston North

Culinary        Gold

FOH                Silver

Waiariki Institute of Technology

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Gold

Western Institute of Technology Taranaki

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Gold

Wellington Institute of Technology

Culinary        Gold

FOH                Silver

New Zealand Defence Catering School

Culinary        Silver

FOH                Silver

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