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Students make final of Murray River Culinary Challenge

Kyabram P-12 College students impressed judges to the regional final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge 2012.

July 26, 2012 4:10am

Kyabram P-12 College students Jennalyn Cunningham and Tess Mancini-Fiske will compete in the regional final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge.


Two students from Kyabram P-12 College have made it through to the regional final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge 2012.

Jennalyn Cunningham and Tess Mancini-Fiske impressed industry judge Joe Distefano from the Aussie Hotel at the school competition level last Wednesday and will now compete at the regional final in Echuca in August.

Jennalyn performed particularly well, achieving the day’s top score.

The school competition event was held at VET Hospitality training provider Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton.

The Murray River Culinary Challenge is an industry standard cooking competition for secondary school students enrolled in a Vocational Education & Training (VET) Certificate in Hospitality.

The challenge is an invitational event to regional schools bordering the Murray River and this year students from the regions of Echuca (including Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester and Rushworth), Shepparton, Swan Hill, Wodonga and Wangaratta compete for the challenge title.

Students compete individually at the school competition level, with the two highest scorers from each school forming a team to compete at the regional finals.

Regional finalists then battle it out for a spot at the grand final being held again this year at the Bendigo TAFE Echuca campus.

The tasks in the challenge reflect the standards and conditions of the Regional World Skills competition event.

Students are assessed by judges, many of whom are executive chefs and industry professionals, who critique the students during the competition and mark them on areas such as: mise en place, bench work, workflow and management, methods and principles of cookery and creative presentation.

The menus throughout the competition focus on fresh regional produce and progressively become more complex with each level of competition.

‘‘The challenge aims to promote VET Hospitality to young people, address skill shortages in hospitality in country areas, and connect students and education and training providers with industry professional,’’ Campaspe Cohuna LLEN workplace learning co-ordinator Alison Dunstan said.

The Murray River Culinary Challenge is co-ordinated by the Partnership Broker and Workplace Learning Co-ordinator programs, which are jointly funded by the federal and Victorian governments under the National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions.

The Murray River Culinary Challenge 2012 is sponsored by long-term supporters of the competition, the Moama Bowling Club.

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