Cook Islands Salon Culinaire director Sam Timoko said he was thrilled with the turnout at the competition held on October 9 and 10 at the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute’s Turangi campus.
The competition is a rare opportunity to see over 20 competition classes featuring the very best emerging talent in the Cook Islands hospitality industry.
The event includes competitions for cooking, table setting, coffee and cocktail-making and housekeeping.
The range of competitions includes “static classes,” where competitors made their entry at home and present it for judging, as well as competitions where industry members make their impressive entries from scratch.
The junior competitions saw youngsters impress judges with their culinary expertise in making beverages and and baking, as well as their take on traditional Cook Islands classics such as rukau and ika mata.
In the senior competitions, Club Raro Resort head chef Teraitua Cuthers-Boxhoorn took home silver for innovative table setting, a bronze for his celebration cake and salad, and gold for his excellent soup.
And the barista for new cafe Salt Film, Jade Fraser, came out on top as the best coffee-maker on the island.