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Congrats go to Cam, New Zealand entrant in the Global Chef Challenge
being held at Fine Food NZ at the end of June

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Cameron Davies is the head chef and owner of The Fat Duck Restaurant and Bar in Te Anau and a current Beef + Lamb Ambassador. Cameron trained to be a chef at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology [CPIT], now Ara.

While studying, he was fortunate to get a job at the Crown Plaza, Christchurch and have mentors like Tony Smith, Richard Hingston, Neil MacInnes, Darren Wright, and David Spice. He loved CPIT and was proud to represent them at Nestlé Toque d'Or event in 2005, winning double gold.

During his years overseas Cameron worked at Harvey Nichols in London and was head chef on a private yacht traveling the world and cooking for celebrities such as Beyonce & Jay Z, Paris Hilton, Bono, P Diddy & Rihanna. He and partner Selina moved back to New Zealand in 2015 which led them to Te Anau where they purchased The Fat Duck Restaurant and Bar.

For Cameron, inspiration for his menu comes from sourcing great quality local ingredients, handling them with care, and using excellent techniques to create a simple but delicious plate of food.

Cam, Best wishes in the Global Chef Challenge.

To read more about Cameron, visit his Beef + Lamb Ambassador page.

Acknowledgement Beef+ Lamb NZ


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Now: Registrations open for Candidate selection for Chefs to represent NZ at the Worldchefs Global Chef Challenge Pacific Rim Semi-Final and the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award

1 June: National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge [NSSCC] Regional online competition opens
25-27 June: NZ Chefs Championships and Worldchefs Global Chef Pacific Rim Challenge at Fine Food NZ – Auckland
30 June: NSSCC entries close
24 July: NSSCC Regional Finalists announced
26 July: Nestlé Golden Chef's Hat Award North Island Regional Finals – Auckland, Ignite Colleges
28 July: Nestlé Golden Chef's Hat Award South Island Regional Finals – Christchurch, Ara Institute of Canterbury
6 September: NSSCC Grand Final at MIT– Auckland     
11-12 Sept: Nestlé Golden Chef's Hat Award Grand Final at Fine Food – Sydney
13 Sept: Nestlé Golden Chef's Hat Awards Night – Sydney

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