A cooking competition held as part of O-Week yesterday went
some way to disproving the reputation of scarfies as being
lousy in the kitchen.
Four teams of students competed in the Otago Farmers Market
Masterchef Competition on the Union Lawn, pitting their
culinary skills against one another using a set of
ingredients which included wild venison and pickled walnuts.
Each team had 45 minutes to cook a two-course meal, the
pressure being turned up a notch when vice-chancellor Harlene
Hayne was announced as mystery judge with five minutes left
on the clock.
''If you want to stay at university I recommend that you cook
your food well,'' event MC Baz MacDonald warned competitors
as they rushed to complete their dishes.
The ''Yellow Fever'' team made up of Wuita Huang (23), Ingryd
Kazia (21) and Via Nsuwandy (21) came away with the win and
the giant wooden spoon which served as a trophy, with a
simple dish of grilled venison their main.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, who was among the judges, said the
winning team's timing was immaculate, with everything put on
the grill at the last minute, which kept the flavours fresh.