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Awards for students in US-funded gastronomy programme

Izah Azahari

The Meragang Sixth Form Centre (PTEM), through its Careers and Food Studies Departments in collaboration with the United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, awarded lower sixer Nur Adlina and upper sixer Azlina Maslam during a prize presentation for winners in a food preparation competition at the school premises yesterday.

Present to handover the prizes was Chef Aziz Zaidi of The Melting Pot Studio, who also delivered a motivational talk to the students.

Also in attendance was the Acting Deputy Principal (Academics) of PTEM Nurul Amalina binti Haji Ali. The event was part of the “Sustainable Future for Gastronomy” programme funded by the US Embassy through its Small Grants Programme that began before the COVID-19 pandemic spread in the Sultanate.

Students were to receive hands-on experience and training from Chef Aziz the previous year, but were unable to due to the restrictions.

The competition was the alternative to the site visit and training, and in abiding to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines and following online lessons set by the Ministry of Education, Chef Aziz prepared a recorded video for the students to watch and learn to prepare enchiladas.

Students were also given a pre-packed ingredients box by Chef Aziz to prepare the dish themselves to be submitted for the competition.

Students then uploaded a picture of their finished product online and winners from each level were selected based o

the presentation of their enchiladas from the aspects of colour, height and “aromas” achieved through the use of garnishes.

ABOVE & BELOW: Chef Aziz Zaidi awards winners Azlina Maslan; and Nur Adlina. PHOTOS: PTEM

Participating students in a group photo
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