Schools & Contests

The Chook Book

The Chook Book is a 16-page online resource book for high school students. Jointly authored by PIANZ, the Egg Producers Federation and Starters & Strategies magazine, it offers up-to-date information on poultry farming in New Zealand and a number of questionnaire-based exercises.

Topics covered in The Chook Book include the history of poultry in New Zealand, an outline of meat chicken and layer hen farming, comparisons of different farming practices, the importance of good animal welfare, the nutritional value of poultry and eggs and poultry-specific tips about food safety A number of myths and fallacies about poultry farming are also debunked.

National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge (NSSCC)

In 2016, for the third consecutive year, PIANZ is a major co-sponsor of this national competition for senior high school students. Ten regional events held in centres from Northland to Southland culminate in a grand final each August in Auckland, for which PIANZ pays the travel costs of the finalist teams. The culinary challenge calls for the young cooks to work with a variety of ingredients to create an original entrée and a main course dish in 90 minutes. The meat protein ingredient is chicken breasts, bone-in and skin-on.

The NSSC is now recognised as a premier national competition for young cooks, instrumental in developing their professional skills and building pathways into rewarding careers in hospitality.