Rochester duo Georgia Wickham and Paige Crouch won the regional final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge on Wednesday.By Elaine Cooney
Rochester duo Georgia Wickham and Paige Crouch won the regional final of the Murray River Culinary Challenge on Wednesday.
The girls defeated five teams from Kyabram P-12 College, Rochester Secondary College, Rushworth P-12 College, River City and St Joseph’s College and will go through to the grand final in Echuca next month.
The Rochester team said they were relieved when they won because they felt nervous with the focus on them for more than two hours.
The teams had 2 hours to prepare an entrée of chilli salt and pepper squid, a main of chicken and leek roulade with vegetable ragout and pumpkin puree and for the desert a pear and pecan crumble cake with crème anglaise.
The Rochester team said the key to their success in each part of the competition was good teamwork.
Ms Wickham said the pair practised and worked out exactly who was going to do which part as soon as they were given the menu.
The most concerning part for the team was the presentation of the main dish.
‘‘It wasn’t very exciting (the dish), so we played it safe,’’ Ms Wickham said.
‘‘We put the ragout and puree on the plate and cut the chicken in three and put it on the plate with basil as a garnish.’’
She said it was nerve-racking at the beginning of the competition because they had an audience looking in a large window in the kitchen and judges would walk around and ask questions when they were preparing the courses.
‘‘They would say, ‘Do you know what that technique is and why are you doing it?’,’’ Ms Wickham said.
She did not always have the right answers but always gave some answer.
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