MASTER CHEFS: Ballina High School Year 11 hospitality students Lisa Pauling (left) and Alesha Banner show off the desserts they prepared in last week's World Skills cooking competition at the school.
MASTER CHEFS: Ballina High School Year 11 hospitality students Lisa Pauling (left) and Alesha Banner show off the desserts they prepared in last week's World Skills cooking competition at the school.

Budding chefs wait for judges' decision

LISA Pauling and Alesha Banner had to sneak a peak.

There wasn't a cravat in sight, but the tension was high as they sneaked a look at the facial expressions of two judges who were tasting the dishes they prepared.

The Ballina High School Year 11 hospitality students were chosen to represent the school in the regional level of the World Skills competition hosted by the school.

And they were keen to see the facial expressions on the judges. Was there a grimace? Was there a smile?

They now can sympathise with the contestants on the television show MasterChef, who have to wait anxiously for cravat-wearing food critic Matt Preston to comment on their dishes.

The judges in the school competition were two high school hospitality teachers.

And they kept their poker faces on.

Lisa said it was 'nerve-wracking' waiting for their comments.

Lisa and Alesha had to individually prepare a set three-course meal in four hours in the competition, with two students from Kadina High School and two from Lismore High School also taking part.

On the menu was Caesar salad as an entree; chicken supreme with seasonal vegies - including barrelled potato - as the main meal; and a dessert of poached pears with anglaise sauce.

They had one hour to prepare the entree, two hours for the main course and one hour for dessert.

The judges took into account things like presentation and technical ability in their assessment of the dishes.

Lisa and Alesha were happy with their dishes.

They won't find out if they have made it to the next level of the competition until school returns after the holidays.


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