We're delighted to announce that Holly and Madyson, from Parua Bay School in Northland, are the winners of the RaboDirect Root to Tip Cooking Competition for 2018. To see what our 10 regional winning teams got up to on the day, have a look at this fantastic video created by RaboDirect, to help everyone remember the day.
Head judge, Garden to Table Ambassador Al Brown, says the winning dishes of a veggie patch burger with ribbon fries and sweet and spice apple delight,
were “bold in flavour, presented beautifully, and left next to no food wastage in its preparation,” which were all key factors in deciding the competition
Run by Garden to Table, with the support of RaboDirect, the Root to Tip competition challenged years five and six school pupils from around New Zealand to grate, slice, cook, create and plate a meal from ‘root to tip’, leaving little or no food waste. The competition with a twist, aims to encourage children to get creative in the kitchen, while tackling the serious issue of food wastage.
The students were required to source their produce locally from family, community or school gardens, and turn it into a creative, delicious two-course, vegetable-based meal, which was judged by local chefs for taste and the amount of food wasted. Today’s event saw 20 competition finalists flown from around New Zealand to cook in front of judges Al Brown, Catherine Bell co-founder of Garden to Table and Paul Cording from RaboDirect at Weltec Wellington, following their recent successes in winning the regional heats held around the country.
Al Brownsays the competition helpspeople of all agesunderstand where their food comes from, how tomakethe most ofavailableingredientsand reduce food wastage.
“Root to Tip gave children an opportunity to learn important skills they can take into adulthood,from growing, cultivating and cooking food to learning about how to stretch ingredients further. Witnessing the creativity, skills and genuine talent of these budding chefs as they’ve taken part in this challenge has been inspiring.”
Hamish McKegg, Head of RaboDirect, the competition’s major sponsor, says Root to Tip gives children the skills to tackle food wastage in New Zealand in a fun and interactive way.
“We recently conducted research that found that Kiwis waste an estimated $1,071 of food per household every year. We want to help teach Kiwi kids and their families that it is possible to reduce the amount of food we throw away with just a few easy tips and tricks that change the way we cook at home.”
Congratulations Holly and Madyson, and to all our competitors and finalists from around the country. We're so proud of what you achieved, and can't wait until next year!