DHS winning team Penny Mitchell, Ethan Spence, Kate Morris 
with their teacher Marjorie Juhel.

DHS French Cooking Success


June 28th was the annual secondary school French Cooking Competition hosted this year by Cashmere High School. This competition is organised by the Alliance Française de Christchurch and is a Master Chef-like event for high school students who are studying French. There were eight different schools entered this year and fourteen teams competing. Darfield High School entered two teams; one of  year 10 students, while the other team was a mixture of year 11s and 12s.

This year’s theme was New Caledonia with teams having to plan and cook their two dishes in two hours, plus deliver a mini speech to judges, in French. Each team had to cook a main meal and a dessert based around the theme New Caledonia. Students put in a lot of planning and practice toward  their dishes before the competition, to make sure everything would work the way that it should.

Cashmere High School has two cooking rooms which meant two separate competitions were running at the same time. During the competition no one can talk to the teams competing and extra points are awarded for students speaking in the French language. This cooking competition brings a whole new dimension to learning, it’s a fantastic and fun way for students to learn and practice a language they are studying.

DHS won one of the competitions, this was the year 11 and 12 team. They made tradition bougna (fish and root vegetable stew) served with freshly made bread for their main and coconut ice cream served with caramelised pineapple for their dessert. This team impressed the judges with the excellent presentation of their dishes and a very well balanced and executed menu.

DHS year 10 team were placed third in their room’s competition. They cooked a Poulet au lait de coco et ananas (pineapple and chicken curry) for their main and mousse a la mangue (mango mousse) for their dessert.

The students who attended this competition all said it was an extremely enjoyable experience.