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Culinary Olympics


NZChefs is establishing a High Performance Competition Squad with a long-term view to compete again in the Culinary Olympics in 2020.

We have identified some key International Competitions between now and 2020 and members of the High Performance Squad will be selected to compete should NZChefs choose to enter.

Asia Pastry Cup Singapore

Global Chef

Global Pastry Chef

Hans Beuschkens Junior Chef Challenge

Battle of the Tasman

Battle of the Lion Singapore

Gourmet Pacific Challenge

NRA Chicago

We are looking for;
Junior Chefs
Senior Chefs

Across both Pastry and Culinary.

The invitation is open to every current financial member of NZChefs.
A formalised training programme will be developed to build skills.

Prepare your competitive CV...don't have one, no worries begin your competitive career now and enter those regional events in 2017 and beyond.
Once we begin training only those committed and focussed will be considered. Your workplace and your family must also back your application, due to intensive training and interruption to work timetables you should consider this with a great deal of thought.

Please contact Janine Quaid for an application form.
0800 692 433 - 0800 NZCHEFS
Application Checklist



Corey Hume Blanket Bay Lodge, Queenstown, Executive Chef
Darren Wright Chillingworth Rd, Christchurch, Chef/Owner
John Kelleher AUT University, Senior Lecturer Professional Cookery
Mark Sycamore ARA Institute of Canterbury
Richard Hingston Christchurch Casino, Head Chef
Steve Le Corre Ara Institute of Canterbury, Programme Co-ordinator
Ganesh Khedekar NZMA, Pastry Tutor
Neil MacInnes ARA Institute of Canterbury, Senior Cookery Tutor
Anita Sarginson NZChefs National Ambassador
Graham Hawkes - Chef d'Mission President NZChefs, Paddington Arms, Invercargill, Chef/Owner
Keith McDonald Fonterra - Global Channel Development Manager

NZChefs announced their Olympic Dream in December when Graham Hawkes, NZChefs National President confirmed NZChefs will be sending a team to Erfurt, Germany in 2016 to compete in the Culinary Olympics joining 2000 chefs from 40 countries competing in the most important culinary event in the world. Graham said “this dream has only become a reality because of the support we have received from Fonterra food service, who share with us the goal to see our chefs on the world stage.There is no doubt that we have the talent and the desire, and now with the financial sponsorship from Fonterra food service the NZChefs ‘Fonterra’ Olympic Team 2016 is about to become a reality.” The journey to this announcement began with a comment from Past President, now NZChefs Ambassador, Anita Sarginson to Fonterra executives at a dinner held in Auckland earlier last year, where she talked about the wonderful successes of the Culinary and Pastry teams and individuals who have brought home international medals and all done with very tight budgets. Whilst the Olympics is the ultimate dream, it was beyond NZChefs financial resources. Fonterra quickly came on board with their commitment to provide the funding and support for which we are very appreciative. Graham says “we will be showcasing the talent with team dinners held around the country, so as many people as possible will have the chance to enjoy what the team are planning to produce in Germany, and we will use these as a way of fundraising to assist with the campaign.” NZChefs is delighted to have Fonterra Foodservice on board as a major sponsor and is excited to have this Olympic dream become a reality.

Neil Maclnnes Manager of the NZChefs Fonterra Olympic Squad said, “I am very pleased to have been appointed as the Manager of the NZChefs Fonterra Olympic Squad and am excited about the challenge ahead. The opportunity to take the journey to the ultimate competition destination does not come around too often and it is a privilege to lead a group of our talented members to the Culinary Olympics. On behalf of the Squad I would like to thank Fonterra Foodservice for their invaluable partnership in this endeavour. There is a lot to be done and help will be needed along the way I would like to thank the NZChefs membership for the support that I know they will willingly give. Get Excited, it’s a Big Deal and soooo Awesome.”

Fonterra Foodservice is committed to the growth of the foodservice industry and to providing our customers with tailored Dairy products and solutions that support their needs in the kitchen. We are proud to be the lead sponsor for NZChefs bid for success at the Culinary Olympics in Germany 2016 – we’re excited to see the dishes that they create.
Grant Watson
Director Foodservice


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Janine Quaid - Executive Officer
New Zealand Chefs Association Inc.

175 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023
PO Box 24057 Royal Oak, Auckland 1345
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