Home' Hospitality Business : HB OCT 2017 Contents Four New Zealand chefs at the forefront of New Zealand cuisine
will travel to Japan this October to participate in the grand
finale of the 2017 Õra King Awards. Joining leading culinary
professionals from around the world, they will embark upon a
unique gastronomic tour of the country.
New to 2017, the prize of a chef’s tour to Japan was introduced
in order to mark the fifth year of the Õra’s competition. Chefs
from around the world were challenged to enter their Best Õra
King Dish with a Japanese twist.
According to the judges, the variety of finalist dishes
demonstrates the inventiveness of their creators and wowed the
senses of the New Zealand judges, Lauraine Jacobs and Geoff
Scott. Scott describes the standard of Japanese-themed dishes
as exceptional in technique, creativity and presentation.
THE FINALISTS FOR BEST ÕRA KING DISH NZ ARE:
• Marc Soper - Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston:
Japanese Inspired Õra King Salmon with wasabi peas, pickled
rice, soy, caviar, kelp, cured duck egg & bone broth.
• Mark McAllister – Welcome Eatery, Auckland: King of
Diamonds - Õra King Salmon four ways with diamond shell
clams, yuzu, zucchini, cauliflower, wasabi and karengo.
• Makoto Tokuyama – Cocoro, Auckland: Map of Japan
Deconstructed Sushi - Aged Õra King salmon toro, Õra King
ikura, sushi rice crackers, dried NZ giant kelp and wakame,
nori soy puree, NZ barley straw smoked Õra King fin and scale
powder, Lot 8 yuzu olive oil snow, sakura gel.
• Shaun (Himanshu) Tyagi – Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill,
Auckland: Koji Zuke Õra King Salmon - Õra King belly, sanpei
iru, sea beet sauce, charred NZ wild leek, compressed
cucumber, NZ pepper shichimi, aged quail egg, Secret Garden
Makoto Tokuyama of Cocoro has also been appointed as Best Õra
King Ambassador New Zealand. Although no stranger to the Õra
King Awards competition, this is the first time Makoto has been
awarded the Ambassador title. In 2013 Makoto won Best Õra King
Dish NZ, and was then shortlisted as a finalist for Best Õra King
Ambassador in both 2014 and 2015.
General Manager Marketing at New Zealand King Salmon,
Jemma McCowan comments
“Makoto has been with us since the inception of Õra King. We’re
honoured to have a chef of his calibre support us continuously
with such enthusiasm, commitment and culinary genius.”
The finalists for the Best Õra King Dish Australia are:
• Christopher Bonello - MPD Steak Kitchen, Victoria
• Joshua Askew - Swissotel Sydney
• Sean Collett - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
The finalists for Best Õra King Dish Japan are:
• Ryusei Matsuda – Nadaman Akasaka Zipangu, Tokyo
• Shinichi Ikeda – Hotela Okura, Tokyo
• Yosuke Kanai – Hotel Granvia, Osaka
Sydney based chef Jason Roberts is appointed Best Õra King
Ambassador Australia and Mike Ellis of Charlie Palmer Steak, DC
is appointed Best Õra King Ambassador North America.
The new Zealand judges will join the NZ, North American and
Australian finalists on their trip to Japan for the Awards finale.
General Manager, Marketing at New Zealand King Salmon,
Jemma McCowan is impressed with the results so far.
“Here at Õra King we always aim for ‘ichiban’ - the best we possibly
can be. I can see a similar ambition from our entrants this year, and
they have truly risen to the occasion in creating their Awards dish.
“Adding a Japanese theme to our Awards this year was a nod to
this year’s destination, but also to acknowledge the deep respect
chefs have for the culinary heritage of Japan. Over recent years,
we’ve found Japanese cuisine to be a natural inspiration for food
service professionals using Õra King.”
“We knew the challenge would deliver some fantastic culinary
moments, and each of our semifinalists have taken the Japanese
theme and made it their own.”
The final stage of judging will see Scott and Jacobs tasting and
assessing the New Zealand finalist dishes a second time, with the
ultimate winning dish to be announced this October in Japan.
The fifth annual Õra King Awards (The Õra’s) recognise
outstanding contributions from chefs working with Õra King -
New Zealand King Salmon’s premium foodservice brand produced
exclusively for fine dining restaurants in New Zealand and
overseas. There are New Zealand and international citations for
both Best Õra King Ambassador and Best Õra King Dish. Entries
for the best dish awards are submitted by chefs throughout the
country and the final judging is handed over to industry experts.
The winners will be announced in October in Japan.
The Õra’s, as the awards are colloquially known, see chefs from
New Zealand and around the world competing for one of four
coveted Best Dish titles. They are:
• Best Õra King Dish New Zealand
• Best Õra King Dish Australia
• Best Õra King Dish North America
• Best Õra King Dish Japan
Chefs Aim For ‘Ichiban’
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