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2015 NZIFST CREST Challenge

2015 mentors, sponsors, professional development and judging events

2015 Challenge Mentors

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: 

  • Aaron Salazar, Sherrat Ingredients; 
  • Alexandra Allan, The FoodBowl; 
  • Abigayl Ayo, Kerry Ingredients; 
  • Sarah Beaton, Hawkins Watts; Clare Chandler, MPI; 
  • Leah Davey,IXOM; 
  • Esraa El Shall, Fonterra Brands (Tip Top); 
  • Steffen Friedrich, Much Moore Ice Cream; 
  • Katie Gollan, Frucor; 
  • Kirin Harrison, Beach House Wines; 
  • Ann Hayman, MPI;
  • William Horsley, Stratex Group; 
  • Julie Illagan, Sherrat Ingredients; 
  • Carla McCulloch, Cedenco Foods NZ Ltd; 
  • Kylie Phillips, MBIE; 
  • Elyse Purcell, Frucor; 
  • Sophie Shaw, Groenz; 
  • John van den Beuken, MPI; 
  • Wendy Wong and Neala Ye, Frucor.

2015 Challenge Sponsors

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.

Teacher Professional  Development

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