NARACOORTE High School home economics students sure know their way around the kitchen.
The Year 9 class was recently announced the McCormick Flavour Forecast 2013 Recipe Challenge SA and Northern Territory winners - thanks to four original recipes submitted by trio Ky Borg, Emmi Wilson and Sarah Garrigan.
Open to Year 9 and 10 students all over Australia, small groups were required to explore food trends in detail and demonstrate their creative food talents.
The design brief, developed by McCormick in partnership with the Home Economics Institute of Australia, was grounded in the Australian Curriculum with a real-world context.
The winning submissions created by the local girls were Pork Chops with Molasses Glaze in the "personally handcrafted" category, Steamed Orange Pudding in "no apologies necessary", Jerk Lamb with Plantain Mash in "hidden potential" and Savoury Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancakes) in "empowered eating".
Home Economic Institute of Australia education standing committee member Julie Taylor, who was a former president of the national and SA divisions, visited the school last Thursday to present the awards at a special assembly.
"I'm proud of Naracoorte for getting involved and producing motivated, talented students," she said.
"Especially for a regional school to win, it's a great effort."
The students worked on the challenge for just over four weeks and were helped by teacher Rebecca Lohmeyer and local foodie Jenny Wisbey.
"The students have had a great time and enjoyed the challenge," Ms Lohmeyer said.
As the State winner the school received over $1500 worth of Wusthof knives, GreenPan cookware and a supply of McCormick herbs and spices for the classroom.
Ky, Emmi and Sarah also won individual prize packs.