Rochester Secondary College have held onto the Murray River Culinary Challenge trophy for the second year in a row.By Elaine Cooney
Rochester Secondary College retained the Murray River Culinary Challenge trophy after students Georgia Wickham and Paige Crouch won the grand final on Tuesday last week.
Last year, Ms Wickham teamed up with Paige Parry while this year Paige Crouch was part of the winning team.
The duo created an entrée of beetroot and goat cheese risotto with a thyme dressing; a main course of seared barramundi with sautéed spinach and toasted almonds, topped off with a dessert of Murray River fruit flan.
Ms Wickham said it was difficult to get the pastry for the flan to be just the right size.
When practicing for the event, they tried six different arrangements of fruit and finally settled on the one they wanted.
Ms Crouch, whose family own the Shamrock Hotel in Rochester, sought advice from the chefs.
One of the best tips she was given was to wash the risotto rice before cooking it so it would not become sticky.
During the competition the judges roamed around volunteering advice and pointing out errors to the teams.
‘‘They kept their cards close to their chest and didn’t say much,’’ Ms Wickham said.
‘‘You’ve got to keep calm amongst everything and don’t worry about the commotion going on around you.’’
She said the pair concentrated on what they were doing and followed their recipes closely.
Ms Wickham said last year she did not realise what an achievement it was to win the award but after seeing the amount of preparation that went into the event, saw it was a huge privilege.
She said she hoped Rochester would retain the trophy next year.
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