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2024 World's Fair Faculty Culinary Showdown

Location:         HKIS High School Gym

Date:                Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Time:               11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


A friendly cooking and cupcake decorating competition among our multi-talented faculty and administration across divisions.  In 15 minute increments, each team will need to complete the following:

  1. Prepare both - one each of  salsa & guacamole dips

  2. Mystery dip - Prepare any dip of your choice (show us your creativity and culture)

  3. Decorate pre-made cupcakes to this year’s theme of “Feed the Dragon” 


Come support and cast your votes for your favorite teams!  YOUR votes will decide the winners for our People’s Choice Award categories.

High School

HSLT Hot Shots

Team members: Aimmie Kellar, Carrie Bennett, Annalee Higginbottom


Middle School

Wellness Dipsters

Team members: Laura Cowan, Kenny Clark, Faith Ro

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Upper Primary

The UP Farm to Table Flavors

Team members: Duncan FitzGerald, Kristi Garnquist, Josh Stephens


Lower Primary

Dippity Do Da

Team members: Geoff Heney, Trishna Harjani, Terry Sibanda, Ryan Strutin


Meet the Judges


Christopher Burgess

President, The American Club


Christopher moved to Hong Kong in 1996, first settling in the Mid-levels but later landing in Pokfulam and the Southside, where he and his wife, Katrise, and 2 children Dylan (15) and Savanna (12) live.


Both Dylan and Savanna have attended HKIS since R1 and Christopher previously served on the Lower Primary PAG and Advancement Committee for 3 years and Co-Chaired the Annual Fund for 3 years.


Christopher has served on Committees and the Board of the American Club for the last 6 years and now serves as President as the Club begins to celebrate its Centennial.


He and his family are excited to attend the World’s Fair and Christopher even more excited to be judging so many delicious dishes from around the world.

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Pallavi Sheth

Founder, I Love Babycakes

Pallavi is a self-taught baker, whose passion for baking started at the age of 9 with her first pound cake experiment. She currently runs her bakery, I Love Babycakes in Mumbai, which she founded in August 2009 and here in Hong Kong since January, 2019 shortly after she moved to this city with her family. Babycakes specializes in cupcakes, cakes and other baked goods in delightful themes and also takes pride in running fun baking events for children and adults alike here in their Wan Chai kitchen.

Pallavi, her husband, Jai and their two daughters, Kaira (HKIS Class of 2023) and Thia, currently in Grade 11 at the school, are all self-confessed foodies and are in love with Hong Kong in equal measure.

She is very excited to be a part of the faculty cook off and see what the very creative team members (if the last few years are anything to go by) come up with in their culinary pursuits. The cupcakes decorated in the Feed the Dragon theme are definitely going to be the cherry on the cake, she claims!


Juni Cortes

HKIS Upper Primary Kid Kitchen Leader

Ms. Juni's passion in the kitchen all started with a chocolate chip cookie pre-mix box at 13. Solidified by a brave career shift in 2015, from being a lifestyle researcher to a specialized cake decorator. Honed her skills for 8 years before joining the HKIS community to inspire both kids and adults that the kitchen is a fun and amazing place to create magic.

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