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December 2015

Flavour Forecast 2015 Recipe Challenge

Throughout 2015, home economics students across the country have been demonstrating their creative flair as they took on the 2015 Recipe Challenge developed by McCormick Foods and the Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc.

Now in its third year, the Challenge presented Year 9 and Year 10 home economics students with the opportunity to explore the McCormick® Flavour Forecast® 2015 Report in detail. The report is developed by home economists, sensory scientists, chefs and food experts from across the world and is a combination of emerging trends and flavours that offer a taste of what’s next on the global menu. The challenge was for students, individually, or in teams, to develop four original recipes that support the McCormick® Flavour Forecast® 2015.

Using a given set of ingredients, plus added ingredients of their choice, students were to design, cook and present four dishes that reflected any four of the five Flavour Forecast themes.

With judging complete it is time to reveal the top talent amongst Australia’s Year 9/10 students—from each of the five state/territory groupings, and the overall winner. HEIA and McCormick are pleased to announce the national winner is:

Naracoorte High School, SA

Students from the South Australian school took out the main prize with the following recipes

Sour & Salt: Rolled Prosciutto, Chicken breast with Mango, Lime Salt and Mint. Serve on a bed of greens with pickled quince slaw

Smoked spices: Thai Smoked Prawns

Liquid Revolution: Buddha’s Bowl with Quinoa and Fresh greens

Cookies re-imagined: Raspberry Coconut layered spiced cookie


Pictured Above: National Winners of the 2015 Flavour Forecast Recipe Challenge and some of their recipes.

The other state/territory winners were:

  • Victoria/Tasmania: Oatlands District High School, Tasmania
  • New South Wales/ACT: Hornsby Girls High School, New South Wales
  • Queensland: St John Fisher College, Queensland
  • Western Australia: Sacred Heart College, Western Australia

    The national prize for the winning school is a $2,000 voucher from to stock up the school kitchen and a HEIA school membership. In addition, the winning school from each state/territory division receives an amazing Tupperware pack worth over $1500, which included Compact Cookware Set, a Tupperware Kitchen Preparation Tools, Tupperware Universal Series Knife Set, Tupperware Modular Mates® Mixed Pantry Set and a supply of McCormick herbs and spices.