They make 2.5 million meals a year, so the chefs at Dunedin's residential colleges get plenty of practice in the kitchen.
Now they're honing their skills for the toughest competition on their calendar.
It's a team cook-off, to determine which college serves up the best culinary creations.
Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month is a tall order.
But that's what almost 100 Otago and Southland residents are attempting at the moment.
They're part of a global community of thousands, all with the same goal.
Another day of the local alcohol policy hearing has been held at the Dunedin City Council.
There's been a variety of opinions expressed both for and against the proposal.
But one group has called for its ideas to be taken further.
When it comes to getting into shape, people often find it easier to make excuses rather than go to the gym.
But for one Dunedin grandmother, starting an exercise regime two years ago has made her strong again.
And it's earned her a few national records along the way.
Two new children's choirs are being established at St Paul's Cathedral in the Octagon.
There's a chance for Dunedin boys and girls to be involved in the choirs this weekend.
George Chittenden is the cathedral's director of music, and he's here to explain.
A strong surge of online support has won the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club a new $25,000 inflatable rescue boat.
Foodshare Dunedin has officially opened its new headquarters.
It's a significant step up from where the operation began in 2012[twenty-twelve], in the boot of a car.
But staff say the new venue is crucial in helping them meet the skyrocketing demand for food.
New Zealand's first kindergarten opened in Dunedin 125 years ago.
And the local kindergarten association has been celebrating the anniversary all year.
Now it's the children's turn to have some fun, with a massive picnic party.
The Dunedin City Council is part-way through an extensive hearing for its draft local alcohol policy.
Proposed changes to local alcohol rules have divided the community, with submitters equally passionate in support and opposition.
So the 39 Dunedin News Word on the Street team asked members of the public if they think Dunedin's alcohol laws need to be changed.
A previously unknown kind of ancient whale has been revealed by University of Otago palaeontologists.
They have named the new genus ''Tohoraata'', which translates as ''Dawn Whale'' in Maori.
The whales are believed to have lived up to 27 million years ago.
Fossils from the whales have been found preserved in a rock formation near Duntroon in North Otago.
A new survey has found that New Zealand's small business sector is faltering.
The survey was conducted by CPA Australia, one of Australia's largest professional accounting bodies.
It's conducted annual small business surveys for Asia and the Pacific over the last six years.
The Otago Chamber of Commerce has lost its chief executive, who's taken up the leadership of Enterprise Dunedin.
It's a new role, within a newly-formed organisation.
And director John Christie is here to tell us about his transition.
A section of State Highway 88 is being legally recognised as a road after more than three years of use.
The road near Anzac Avenue was realigned as part of the Forsyth Barr Stadium construction.
But it has been the subject of a dispute between adjacent property owner Doug Hall and the Dunedin City Council.
October has brought good and bad news for the Otago real estate market.
The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand reports that the median house price for Otago has fallen.
But the volume of sales throughout the region was up last month, compared to September.
Analysts say the Otago market is experiencing its usual spring lift in activity, although it is more subdued than in past years.
Dunedin businesses are being offered free cigarette butt bins, as part of a city-wide street cleaning initiative.
The bins are being supplied by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, and can each hold about 600 butts.
The organisation is holding a street cleaning expo in Dunedin at the beginning of December.
A court case has begun in relation to a double road fatality near Green Island in May.
A young Milton man stands accused, and is charged with the manslaughter of his girlfriend and her brother.
The accused also faces two charges of dangerous driving causing injury to two teenagers.
Basketball Otago is expected to reveal the true extent of its financial problems at a meeting at the Edgar Centre.
The government is going through the process of inviting petroleum companies to bid for next year's exploration rights.
It's known as the petroleum block offer, and in the past it's been met with support as well as resistance from the Dunedin community.
So now the city council is seeking public feedback on the issue, to include within its own submission.
The country's first ''Gigatown'' is set to be crowned in just over a week.
It follows months of online competition between New Zealand towns and cities, with supporters completing quizzes, and battling on social media.
But there's still one last important step before the winner is decided.
Otago's top primary school athletes have been squaring off in Dunedin.
Hundreds of students from across the region met at the Caledonian Ground for the Otago Athletics Championships.
And it seems some kids have even made it into the record books.