2016 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 2016, mentors included:
Each team is offered sponsorship from the food industry to contribute to the costs the school has incurred in entering the Challenge.
In 2016, this generous support has been given by:
ADM, Anne Scott, David Munro, DIANZ, Eurofins, Foodtech Packtech, Givaudan, Goodman Fielder, GS Hall, Hawkins Watts, Hubbards, IMCD, Invita, Open Country Dairy, Pacific Flavours and Ingredients, Plant & Food Research, Sally Hasell, Sensient Technologies, Sherratt Ingredients, vegetables.co.nz
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 course included such topics as the Product Development Process used by the food industry; Introduction to functional food ingredients e.g. thickeners and emulsifiers, including a practical session; How to interpret a nutrition information panel, Food Standards Australia New Zealand regulations about nutritional claims, use of the nutrition information panel calculator, Health Star ratings and Food safety.
The teachers at the Palmerston North campus also visited the FoodPILOT plant and experimented with solidifies.
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.
The 2016 judging events were hosted by the following NZIFST Branches