02 Nov 2017

Thursday 02 November 2017

Following the success at the Dragon’s Den competition earlier this year, student company Easy Eats have climbed to the top once more with their cookbook The Munchies winning the overall Auckland Central category at the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) regional finals held on Friday 20 October, at the Auckland University of Technology. 

311017 Easy Eats

Missing: Josh Numanga and Byron Mann


The award ceremony brought together more than 600 people to celebrate the success of many companies that were formed throughout the year, with more than 1600 students within Auckland taking part in the Young Enterprise Scheme this year.

The Easy Eats win means that group will now be representing Auckland at the YES nationals in Wellington on the 6 December, to compete to be the YES Company of the Year.

“There were more than 300 groups and the standard of the competition was very high,” says Easy Eats team member Charlie Davison (Year 13, Middlemore). “It feels great to win and know our efforts have been worthwhile.”

In addition to a cash prize, each member of the group was also awarded a Massey University achievement scholarship towards a full-time course in business.

Accounting and Business Studies Teacher Andrew Walton is thrilled with the outcome and has loved seeing the team grow throughout the process.

“This is a tremendous result and they have done fantastically well to rise to the top in our region,” says Andrew. “There are more than 300 YES groups in Auckland and they will be one of six representing the region.”

The winning Easy Eats team is made up of Annabel Cave (Year 13, Taylor), Sam Ludbrook (Year 13, Major), Charlie Davison (Year 13, Middlemore), August Wairau (Year 13, Taylor), Chuan Senn Chew (Year 13, Parnell), Bryon Mann (Year 13, Greenbank) and Josh Numanga (Year 13, St John’s).