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Kids cook for success in the Kitchen Showdown final
Kids cook for success in the Kitchen Showdown final
The final of the 2014 MAGGI Kitchen Showdown took place at Whitebait TV studios in Christchurch, New Zealand. Teams we're flown in from all over New Zealand to cook a balanced family meal for four people for under $20. The winners would take home the cheque for $5000 for their school. This year before the teams could start cooking they… Read More
Local produce a recipe for success
Local produce a recipe for success
The regionals in the South Island are always special. This is probably because the South Island seems to have carved out its own culinary identity more than any other region. With meals that are robust and hearty, winter warming and bold. And meals that include game and line caught fish are plentiful. So it was great to have NZ cyclist… Read More
Who gets the gold?
Who gets the gold?
It was a real treat to have swimming icon and Commonwealth games gold medallist, Lauren Boyle, join the judges for the lower North Island regional finals of the MAGGI Kitchen Showdown. I’m not sure if it was the inspiration of Lauren’s gold medal that encouraged the teams, but there is no doubt that had this been the culinary Olympics there… Read More
Schools kids cook up a storm!
Schools kids cook up a storm!
Being unable to read through the recipes from the Upper North Island without feeling hungry, I knew we were in for a treat and was really looking forward to the regional final in Auckland. 12 teams had created and perfected their meals and were ready for the cook off. So all that was left was for myself and fellow judges… Read More
Know your portions
Know your portions
One area that has caught some schools out in previous years is portion sizes. Even when the meal looks great too much food on the plate can be off putting. This is the one area Mike and myself always agree and will be paying particular attention to in 2014. A rough guide of what to aim for is a small… Read More