Cooking efforts win cash prizes for local schools

Saturday November 03, 2018 Written by Published in Education
The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s Metua Vaiimene, Karlene Taokia (CICA) and Apii Avarua principal Engia Baxter. 18110240 The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s Metua Vaiimene, Karlene Taokia (CICA) and Apii Avarua principal Engia Baxter. 18110240

Cook Islands Tourism yesterday presented Avarua and Rutaki Primary schools with cash prizes for coming first and second respectively in the recent inaugural school cooking competition - Potiki Makona Kai (Young Food Champions).

 

This event, held on World Food Day on October 19, was initiated by the Cook Islands Chefs Association (CICA) in an effort to combine International Chef Day and World Food Day celebrations.

Sieni Tiraa of Cook Islands Tourism said the activity’s aims included improving the Chefs’ Association’s profile, providing an engaging event for students and educating young people about food preparation, healthy eating and tourism careers. 

The Apii Avarua representatives claimed first prize for their school with their winning menu which featured French toast, chicken salad, a fish meal and freshly made smoothie. Apii Rutaki students came a close second.

The meals were then sampled and voted on by locals and visitors who attended the event at the Punanga Nui market.

Avarua Primary School principal Engia Baxter thanked the students who took part in the competition, with a special acknowledgement to Karlene Taokia from CICA for her support.

Engia encouraged the pupils to learn and participate more in cooking activities in the home.

Metua Vaiimene representing the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, presented Baxter with the first prize of $200 during assembly yesterday morning.

Apii Rutaki received their winnings of $100 at their assembly on Monday.

Tourism congratulates all the schools and students for their outstanding efforts in the Potiki Makona Kai School’s cooking competition.

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