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Catering Champions

Pia Apai and Lisa Harley won "Cook It, Love It, Win It", a cookery competition run by More FM radio.

The spotlight has been shining on Heretaunga Park's Alfalfa Catering head cook, Pia Apai since she and friend Lisa Harley learned they had carried off winning the top prize in a cookery competition.

Pia and Lisa  won the "Cook It, love It, Win it" cookery competition with a gourmet dinner menu they managed to prepare, cook and serve to 15 people in an hour and 45 minutes.

Their prize is a $7,500 package of kitchen equipment from Harvey Norman and a $1,000 grocery voucher form Pak n Save.

Pia and Lisa had spent several weeks working toward their victory through a series of tests that drew on elements of "Master Chef" and "Come Dine With Me" to test their kowledge and practical skills.

The winning dinner they served was:

  • Entree:
    A caramalised onion & marscapone tart with tomato concasse & rocket garnish
  • Main:
    A rack of lamb on garlic mash with slow-roasted tomatoes & minted gravy, served with a medley of roasted vegetables
  • Dessert:
    Hazelnut dacquoise with berry coulis & a chocolate ganache

Pia has been a commercial cook for more than 20 years,  She and Lisa both worked for caterer Sam Orton in their early days.

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