2015 mentors, sponsors, professional development and judging events
Each team is supported by a CREST Consultant/Mentor, a professional from the food industry, who could be also be a Futureintech Ambassador or NZIFST member. In 2015, mentors include:
Each team is offered sponsorship from the food industry to contribute to the costs the school has incurred in entering the Challenge.
In 2015, this generous support has been given by:
Angel Food Ltd, AsureQuality, Beach House Wines, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, David Munro, Davis Food Ingredients, DIANZ, Givaudan, Goodman Fielder, Hawkins Watts, IFF, Invita, IXOM, Jack Links, Kerry Ingredients, NZIFST Food Safety, NZIFST Nutrition, NZIFST Packaging, NZ Starch, Plant & Food Research, Sally Hasell and Sherratt Ingredients.
Participating teachers in the North Island have received professional development from the staff of the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University.
The professional food scientists and technologists who assess the projects using the CREST criteria also judge the regional competitions.
The Challenge is an invaluable lesson in implementing food science and technology, as practiced by the food industry into secondary schools and is an outstanding example of collaboration involving teachers, students, the tertiary sector, Futureintech, the food industry, NZIFST and the Royal Society of New Zealand