Trio has recipe for success

Logan Park High School pupils (from left) Casey Broad, Declan Smith and Gina Manning show their...
Logan Park High School pupils (from left) Casey Broad, Declan Smith and Gina Manning show their skills in the kitchen after reaching the grand final of TV2's Activate cooking and quiz show. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A Logan Park High School cooking team's recipe for kebabs and potato salad has skewered the competition and won it a place in the grand final of TV2's Activate competition.

Sixteen-year-olds Casey Broad, Gina Manning and Declan Smith beat pupils from Garin College (Nelson) in the televised semifinal at the weekend.

The Dunedin pupils have appeared in several heats of the show, which is designed to inspire New Zealand families to make healthy diet choices and enjoy exercise.

Pupils from 16 secondary schools around New Zealand participate in a mix of cooking, interactive questions, silly challenges, sketch comedy and physical competition.

Each team is given a base recipe for a dish, but it can use its creative, nutritional input to impress the judges.

The trio impressed the judges with their kebabs by making their own marinade using low sodium tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, garam masala, paprika and thyme, which reduced the sodium content.

Casey said the team was delighted to reach the final.  She said she was the only one of the three who studied food technology.

The final is on TV2 on May 17.

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