On Thursday the 26th of May, two teams from Darfield High School competed in the Concours Cuisine des Ecoles (French cooking competition for schools), which is a contest run by Alliance Française in Christchurch. The competition took place at Burnside High School and was a great opportunity for students studying the French language to interact whilst learning about the culture.
Each competing team had two hours to produce a main dish and a dessert. We had to base our menus around a French autumn theme and all recipes had to be written in French.
Darfield’s teams consisted of Kathryn Barnhill, Akalanka Ekanayake, Eloise Dance and Harriet Watson (Team 1), as well as Alyssa Cruickshank, Toni Forsythe-Walton, Jayden Hann and me, who made up Team 2.
Once we had begun cooking, we could communicate only in French, which was an exciting challenge that proved to be more difficult than we had anticipated. At the end of our allocated cooking time, we had to plate up and present our meals to three French judges. Team 1 cooked a Ratatouille served with chicken, followed by an apple tart with salted caramel for dessert, whereas Team 2 cooked a Tarte Spirale (vegetable tart) followed by a walnut and caramel tart.
Though both teams put in a great effort, we unfortunately couldn’t come away with first place (which went to Cashmere High School). However, we all had a great time and were happy for the opportunity to learn more about the French culture. We can definitely be proud of our efforts! – by Elyse Kerr