Marae compete to dish up best lunch (Advocate)

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Kotahitanga Marae ringa wera ("hot hands") from left, Bing Waitai, Nellie Para and head chef Victor Waitai prepare their entry in last year's Master Marae Cookoff.Kotahitanga Marae ringa wera (“hot hands”) from left, Bing Waitai, Nellie Para and head chef Victor Waitai prepare their entry in last year’s Master Marae Cookoff.

A marae cooking competition inspired by the TV series Master Chef is returning to Kaikohe.

Organised by Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe to promote healthy cooking, the Master Marae Cookoff sees six Mid North marae compete to do the best job of hosting a group of kuia and kaumatua for lunch.

Last year’s inaugural contest was won by Te Huruhi Marae at Awarua, 20km south of Kaikohe.

Competing marae have to prepare a three-course meal which is healthy, makes use of fruit and has a traditional Maori element.

The judges are Kaikohe kuia and kaumatua enrolled in the Agewell programme run by Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe.

Marae have to be in the wider Kaikohe area to take part. For more information call Erena Kara on (09) 405 2647 or email her onerena@thook.co.nz.Entries close on March 16.

The winning marae wins $1500. The contest starts on April 4.

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