Fifty-four special needs students from 18 different secondary schools participated in the semi-final of a National Cooking Competition for pre-vocational students that was organised by the Ministry of Education (MoE) through the Special Education Unit (SEU). 

The semi-finals required participants to prepare three different dishes centred around the theme, Happy Birthday. Their creations were judged by a jury made of officers from the MoE. 

This is the second time the National Cooking Competition has been organised with the first one being established in 2018. 

The competition is an initiative that was established by Special Education unit, in an effort to identify students that could become potential candidates for international cooking competitions. 

It also functions as a platform to provide special needs students with exposure as well as a means to develop their talents in the culinary arts. 

“This competition is also one of the platforms to create collaboration with the (students’) support system, namely parents, schools and stakeholders for students with special needs, and it acts as a form of initial training before they begin their career training later,” the SEU said in a statement. 

Ultimately, only six groups of students will be chosen to compete in the finals which is slated for November 12 at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s (IBTE), Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus. – Wardi Wasil 

This article was first published on October 17, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 111



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