Source: Auckland Council
Imagine your perfect burger.
Is it a crispy, crumbed chicken topped with smashed avocado and creamy cheese melting on your tongue? A slab of fresh beef steak slapped in a thick burger bun – sizzling, juicy and just ready to sink your teeth into? Lamb straight off the grill, sprinkled with onion, capsicum and drizzled with classic ketchup?
Next week high schoolers from across the city will battle it out to become the ultimate burger chef at Auckland’s annual burger-building competition What’s Your Flavour?
The contestants have just one hour to whip up two burgers, judged by veteran industry professionals with watchful eyes and refined palettes.
This year, the challenge is to create a totally new burger which is both healthy and has a cultural twist – judges are looking for fresh, new ideas from outside of the box.
All contestants start with a score of 100 and are marked on how they do from there – if they have a perfect round, losing no points they will be awarded gold with distinction, if they score between 90-99 they’re awarded gold, 80-89 silver and 70-79 bronze.
More than nine schools are competing including Rosmini College, Lynfield College, Long Bay College, Papatoetoe High School, De La Salle College, Selwyn College and Green Bay High School. What’s Your Flavour 2018 is organised by Auckland Council in partnership with New World and the NZ Chefs Association.
NZChefs Association Salon Director Martin Harrap says he’s looking forward to the competition. “It’s an exciting opportunity for young people to get creative with cooking and hone their skills,” he says.
“We’re delighted to be supporting the event and I’m eager to see what the competitors create!”