Cooking up a storm

Up for the challenge ...Jenni Thompson of Warringah Catering Unit and Oakville Rural Fire Brigade’s Adam Rutter.

Up for the challenge ...Jenni Thompson of Warringah Catering Unit and Oakville Rural Fire Brigade’s Adam Rutter.

The competition is set to reach boiling point as Rural Fire Service caterers compete in an inaugural challenge to find out ‘Whose Kitchen Rules’ at the NSW RFS State Championships in Pambula.

Proudly sponsored by the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA), the event will be the first time RFS caterers have the opportunity to showcase the skills and proficiency needed to cook nutritious but delicious meals for over 400 firefighters under challenging conditions. 

“It was a great idea for the RFS to introduce the competition, as those who are not on the front line fire-fighting but contribute a great deal to the service will have something to demonstrate with their skills and training,” Oakville Rural Fire Brigade’s Adam Rutter said.

Mr Rutter will be leading a team of 12 RFS caterers from brigades around the state.

Competing  as Team Bravo, they will cook-off against Team Alpha, captained by Warringah Catering Unit’s Jenni Thompson.

The volunteer catering crews have been challenged to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to the competing teams, marshals and helpers on the Saturday and Sunday of the Championships being held from September 12-14.

Each team will be supplied with a kitchen, a budget and a product order form from which to create their feasts.

They will be judged on menu selection, budgeting, standard and timeliness of service, food preparation and, of course, taste.

Half of the score will be awarded by a panel of judges and half by popular vote from the fire-fighters competing at the championships.

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