Penang’s all-boys team emerge victorious

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Maggi Secondary Schools Cooking Competition (MSSCC) 2018 saw the nation’s best young chefs convene at the Grand Finale for the ultimate cook-off.

With the aim of instilling good eating and cooking habits among young Malaysians, this year’s competition marks the 22nd year of collaboration between Maggi and the Ministry of Education.

Fifteen teams of students aged between 13 and 15 across Malaysia represented their respective states at the Grand Finale. With the theme “You and Maggi. Cook the Difference”, participants were encouraged to make a difference by adopting healthier lifestyles through cooking.

The participants were further tested during the Maggi Mystery Box Challenge where they were required to prepare tasty and healthy versions of nasi goreng with a mystery protein and fibre source.

The students’ creativity, speed and culinary knowhow were truly put to the test as they only had 45 minutes to outdo each other and whip up their best nutritious nasi goreng dishes using Maggi Cukup Rasa.

The all-boys team from SMK Penanti, Penang emerged the champion with their lemuni rice with spiced mackerel served with jantung pisang and salad pucuk paku dish.

Muhammad Haziq Amsyar Zaimi and Muhammad Amirul Amir Md Sa’ad concocted the flavourful and well-balanced dish using a unique combination of Western and Malay traditional methods which impressed the judges.

The team took home the coveted MSSCC Cup, RM3,000, the exclusive opportunity to be interviewed on national television, and a three days, two nights culinary adventure trip to Kuching, Sarawak.

Second place was SMK Sura, Terengganu who created their own burger nasi kerabu. Nor Mashitah Rani and Khairunieha Khairuddin received a RM2,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, Mas Skadauf Abdullah Sani and Muhammad Syaqirul Alim Haspul Anuar from SMK Syed Ibrahim, Kedah, came in third, bagging the RM1,000 cash prize.

The Grand Finale culminated in an awards ceremony dinner with all the participants. Close to RM10,000 in cash prizes and Maggi hampers were given out during the ceremony, in addition to presenting the winning trophies and medals.

“At Maggi, we believe cooking helps create the best moments to share with your loved ones. This is proven when our participants received great support from their teachers and families while preparing for this competition,” said Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad Maggi Business Executive Officer, Geetha Balakrishna.

“For this Grand Finale, we are pleased to introduce our latest 90-second Show & Tell session where our chefs can get personal with the judges and audience by sharing their inspiration behind the dishes they had prepared,” she added.

“This competition is also one way of supporting our education agenda, which is based on the development and strengthening of skills to nurture young talents in the culinary field,” said Ministry of Education Co-Curricular and Arts Division Director, Rozainum Ahmad.

“In addition to developing students who are creative, innovative and prepared to face challenges, MSSCC creates awareness about the importance of nutritious and well-balanced meals in life. I certainly hope this successful programme continues to grow from strength to strength in years to come,” she added.

This year, MSSCC achieved a new milestone with the launch of their “Nurturing a Healthier Future” educational portal, providing students and teachers information on healthy cooking, nutrition and many more tips. For the first time ever, students were able to submit their MSSCC applications online via this website.

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