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Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 18 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.

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Inter-SPED Culinary Challenge 2016

Inter-SPED Culinary Challenge 2016

Inter-SPED Culinary Challenge 2016On 16 July 2016, APSN Delta Senior School collaborated with the Singapore Junior Chefs Club (SJCC) and the Singapore Chefs Association (SCA) to organise the inaugural Inter-School Culinary Challenge for specialised and special education schools . This initiative was an effort to create a platform for students in the Food and Beverage (F&B) vocational programme at APSN DSS and their counterparts in other educational institutions to showcase their knowledge and skills before experts and mentors from the industry.

This challenge was open to students aged 16 to 21 in all specialised and special education schools in Singapore that offer vocational training in F&B. Besides APSN DSS, the other schools that participated in this event include APSN Katong School, Metta School, Grace Orchard School, Mountbatten Vocational School, MINDS – Lee Kong Chian Gardens School as well as MINDS – Woodlands Gardens School. This competition served to build the confidence of students, deepen their interest in the culinary arts and assist them in forging relationships with their peers and mentors in the sector.

For this challenge, the qualifying and final rounds were conducted on the same day. A total of 10 teams (comprising two students each) from 7 schools, participated in this competition.

The panel of judges was made up of distinguished industry experts representing the SCA. They were Chef Toni Robertson (Chief Judge), Chef Derrick Lau and Chef Kiang Siang Heng. Gracing this event with their presence as well were MOE School Inspector, Ms Teo Siew Khim and Principal of Metta School, Mdm So Kah Lay.

In the qualifying round, students were tasked to use eggs as the core product of their dish and cook it according to their preferred style. Teams were timed throughout the preparation of their dish. They were then required to present their dish before the panel of judges. The judging criteria focused on the areas of hygiene, workflow, timing and creativity in the presentation of food. Four teams (in no order of merit), from Metta School (Team B), APSN Katong School and APSN DSS (Teams A & B), were selected to advance to the final round.

For the final round, the judging criteria included an emphasis on the use of eggs as the main ingredient as well. However, this time, the panel of judges also presented two “mystery” ingredients to each of the four teams, which had to be incorporated in the preparation of their final dish.  Teams were given 75 minutes to prepare, cook and plate their dish before presenting it to the judges. APSN DSS Team B and A were placed fourth and third respectively. The team from Metta School was declared the first runner-up whilst the team from APSN Katong School took home the title of “Star Performers” (Champions) of the Inter-Specialised / SPED Schools Culinary Challenge 2016.

The level of perseverance and self-determination observed amongst the participants was indeed admirable, leaving everyone who were present at this event in awe. Having prepared for this challenge through their relentless hard work, students reaped the fruits of their labour at the end of this competition as every one of them walked away with awards.

Summary of Awards Presented at the Inter-SPED Culinary Challenge 2016
Star Performers (Champions)

APSN Katong School

  • Sim Yong Meng
  • Luke Koh Ci En
1st Runner-up

Metta School, Team B

  • Nurfadhilah Binte Norazam
  • Lim Xia Ling
2nd Runner-up

APSN Delta Senior School, Team A

  • N Sindhu Priya Nair
  • Nurulain Binte Mustaffa
3rd Runner-up

APSN Delta Senior School, Team B

  • Muhammad Azari Bin Aziz
  • Muhammad Amirul Bin Abdul Razak
Top Hygiene Team

Metta School, Team A

  • Muhammad Al Khair
  • Muhammad Erfan
Top Organised Team

Metta School, Team B

  • Nurfadhilah Binte Norazam
  • Lim Xia Ling
Team with the Most Creative Use of Ingredients

MINDS – Woodlands Gardens School, Team A

  • Nurul Aisha Bte Mazlan
  • Shania Kate Sison Monslave
Team with the Most Colourful Presentation

Mountbatten Vocational School

  • Lee Hoe Yin, Leonardo
  • Muhammad Fauzi Bin Mohd. Rafiez
Best Nutritional Award

MINDS – Lee Kong Chian Gardens School

  • Nur Farahnisha Binte Sahlan
  • Nurul Syafiqah Bte Rosman
Best Technique Award

Grace Orchard School

  • Muhammad Khairi Bin Sukiman
  • Muhammad Farihin Bin Mazlan
Best Presentation Award

Metta School, Team B

  • Nurfadhilah Binte Norazam
  • Lim Xia Ling
Best Effort Award

MINDS – Woodlands Gardens School, Team B

  • Maakali s/o Shanmugavel
  • Chua Jun Jia Emeth

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