27 November 2021
Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National
Duncan Robati Corrigan will compete in the Rarotonga Burger Cooking Championship on Friday. 21101214.
“We get to be very creative, we learn new things every
day, and there are so many things we can do,” he says
Corrigan has signed up to compete in the Rarotonga
Burger Championship on Friday - organised by the Cook Islands Chefs
“I joined in for a bit of excitement and to do
something creative, I’m a little bit nervous,” he says, “with a burger, it’s
best to keep it simple and it’s got to have lots of flavour.”
He is currently working at the Slipway Restaurant in
Avatiu harbour, has new sauces that will be revealed on the day of the cooking
National president of the Chefs Association Karlene
Taokia said she would like to see who can produce the burger with the best
flavours, that is presented well, and meets the hygiene requirements.
“We have such a variety of burgers on the island and
it will be exciting to see who comes fortward for the challenge, it could be
anyone, and everyone is invited to enter.
“The event will be loads of fun, and at the moment our
island needs some excitement before we get busy again,” she said.
Today is the last chance for those interested in
taking part to enter for a fee of $10, and all competitors must have their
recipes submitted by Thursday October 14.
Hygiene and food safety are important throughout the
contest and competitors are expected to be dressed appropriately.
There are six specific things judges will be looking
for, valued at two points each - they are: taste, appearance, safety measures taken,
texture, execution and local products used.
There are six heats with three competitors in each who
will all have 25 minutes to prepare, cook and present their burger of their
A work bench for prep, cooking and presentation will
be set up, and a barbecue provided for grilling.
Contestants can pre-cut and prepare their ingredients
from home, but, pre-cooking of the burger patty is not allowed.
Each entrant must also provide their own equipment to
assist with the creation of their burger presentation.
Check out the action at Constitution Park on Friday between 10am and 1pm.