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Event 1 - Three course meal

NZ Chef of the Year

Sunday 25 June 2023

Sponsors: Moffat NZ, Southern Hospitality
Product sponsors: Nestlé Professional, Alliance Farmers Produce, Anchor

This is a duathlon style event. Competing in Event 1 and 2 is a compulsory requirement to be eligible to be named NZ Chef of the Year. The title will be awarded to the person with the highest aggregate score from both events. Each event is judged individually and has class winners.

Entry to each individual class will be prioritised for competitors in the Chef of the Year Event.

Note: To be eligible to be awarded the Chef of the Year title, competitors must achieve a minimum standard of silver medal.

Event 1 – Three course meal
Three course menu for four (4) covers prepared and served within 2hr 15min under WorldChefs competition guidelines. The menu should be suitable for serving in an upmarket restaurant.

1st Course (to be presented at 45 minutes into the competition)

Ovo lacto vegetarian dish showcasing fresh vegetables and at least one (1) Nestlé Professional product (from the accompanying list).

2nd Course (to be presented between 1hr 45min and 2hr 00min into the competition)

Main Course must feature Lumina Lamb Saddle and Lamb Shank and be complemented by at least three (3) vegetables, appropriate starch and sauce.

3rd Course (to be before the 2hr 15min mark of the competition)

Dessert must feature Fruit/Fruit product and one (1) Anchor or Fonterra brand product.

Note: ALL elements for Course 1 can be brought in pre-prepared to allow competitors to showcase some of the more time-consuming techniques such as dehydrating, fermenting, pickling etc. However, the dish MUST be assembled during the competition and all pre-prepared items MUST be the work of the individual competitor. ALL elements for Course 2 and Course 3 MUST be fully prepared in the competition arena during the stipulated timeframe.

General Rules

  • Competitors must be a member of NZ Chefs.
  • Competitors must report to the competition venue 1 hour before the competition start time.
  • The entry must be completed within the stipulated completion times. Competitors violating this rule will be penalised as per WorldChefs competition rules.
  • Competitors will be provided with the following products on the day of the competition, and these must be used in the production of your menu.
    • One (1) x lamb saddle
    • Two (2) x lamb shanks
  • Competitors must bring their own ingredients, small kitchen equipment and plate wares, and provide the following:
    • One (1) portion of each course for display and three (3) portions for judge tasting.
    • One (1) set of recipes needed in the kitchen.
    • Two (2) x menu cards to be displayed on presentation table and available for the judges.
Competitors dishes must not be completed more than 10 minutes before the stipulated service time
Failure to present any course on time, will result in missing your tasting slot. If time permits, it will be tasted after all other competitors have served and will be judged accordingly.
One (1) point will be deducted on every one (1) minute for being late for your service time.

More info on sponsors’ products

Information on Lumina Lamb can be found here and

Nestlé Professional
Black Garlic Paste

Liquid Concentrates – mushroom, vegetable, beef, chicken, fish

The winner of the Chef of the Year title will receive a Moffat E23D3 oven and SK23 stand. The oven will be filled with Sponsors’ products. Total value over $6,OOO.

NZ Chefs championship entry form classes 1, 2, 3

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