The Papauta Girls College secured top honours in a cooking competition hosted by the National University of Samoa’s (N.U.S.) Faculty of Education.
The colleges of Aleipata, Paul VI, Papauta, Sagaga, Anoamaa, Aana 1 and Aana 2 took part in the competition, which specifically targeted schools in the rural areas of Upolu.
Each school had two participants who prepared a main dish that comprised healthy portions of meat, vegetables and fruits for four people. Each dish followed guidelines that would lead to the prevention of diabetes by using recipes that resulted in dishes that were low in fat, sugar, salt and were delicious. The judging criteria were based on presentation, taste, nutritional values, cost and originality.
Based on the decision of the judges, Papauta Girls College took top honours followed by Aleipata College and Sagaga College.
The competition focused on assisting Food Technology Year 13 students with their practical cooking internal assessment tasks, enhance students’ knowledge on healthy cooking and promoting healthy eating in order to control and prevent diabetes in Samoa and the Pacific.
Faculty of Education Dean, Tofilau Dr. Faguele Suaalii, thanked all the supporters of the event.
“The children of Samoa for tomorrow, we want them to be happy so with this competition it not only promotes healthy cooking, healthy eating but also a healthy lifestyle. Like they always say, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, which is why it is significant for the children to be aware of the circumstances that Samoa, and also the Pacific are going through in terms of the increasing number of diseases like diabetes,” he said.
One of the judges and Izzy’s Restaurant owner, Friedrich Kruse, said part of the workshop is getting schools to learn ways that can better prepare their food.
“The food they came up with was great. They showcased interest and passion in this. They just need something to put it towards, everybody’s an artist but cooking also helps to express them and it makes everybody happy. I applaud the imaginative side of all the contestants, some used local and others used overseas ingredients. Everyone was just shooting for gold, and yet they don’t have any cooking experience. It was an opportunity for them to showcase whatever hidden potentials in creating masterpieces.”
The project was made possible with the help of Macdonald’s Motor Distributors, Samoa Stationery and Books, Island Rock, Le Well, Chinese Embassy, U.N.E.S.C.O., W.H.O. office in Samoa, Japan International Cooperation Agency and Latter-day Saints Charities.