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Silver Fern Farms has announced a new format
restaurant awards with new categories, new
judges and a new season showcasing autumn
red meat dishes in 2018.
The 2018 Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards
build on the success of the Premier Selection
Awards, the refreshed format will see restaurants
showcasing their skill and expertise with red meat
at the end of the summer dining season.
In another positive change, the Silver Fern
Farms Restaurant Awards will recognise the
talent of emerging chefs with a new category for
chefs with less than five years’ experience.
The judging panel has also been refreshed
and will be led by two new head judges,
Catherine Bell and Geoff Scott. Catherine Bell
was the co-founder of DISH magazine and is an
experienced food competition judge having been
involved with the Silver Fern Farms Premier
Selection Awards for many years. Geoff Scott
is a well-known New Zealand chef who has
himself taken part in the Silver Fern Farms
Premier Selection Awards. He is now writing
about food, consulting and lecturing as well as
judging food competitions.
The competition opens for entries in mid-
January 2018, with a select group of chefs from
across New Zealand being invited to create
original dishes using cuts from Silver Fern Farms
extensive range of beef, lamb and venison.
Silver Fern Farms General Manager
Marketing, Sharon Angus, is excited about
the changes to one of New Zealand’s most
prestigious restaurant competitions.
“A change of season will bring out a
natural change in the styles of the red meat
dishes from our chefs and their restaurants.”
For the first time, the competition will include
an Emerging Chef category which has been
created to attract new talent and to engage with
a wider group of food service professionals.
“We know that young and upcoming chefs
have great creativity and are not afraid to
experiment to create extraordinary results.
We want to give them the opportunity to
demonstrate these skills as they compete
against more established chefs,” says Angus.
Twelve finalists will be selected to proceed to
the finalist round of judging, where Catherine
and Geoff will co-judge all finalist dishes. At
least one finalist will be selected from the
following regions:Northland/Auckland, Central
North Island, Lower North Island, Upper South
Island,Lower South Island
Kiwi diners will be able to sample the dishes
on the menus at participating restaurants
during the judging period from 8 March to 12
April 2018. The 12 finalists will feature their
creations until the end of July 2018. n
Refreshed format will showcase
Silver Fern Farm Awards
Lauren Newbery has been
appointed Marketing and Events
Coordinator for Conventions
and Incentives New Zealand
(CINZ) based in Auckland.
Previously she was Events
Coordinator at the New Zealand
Planning Institute, organising
events and large conferences.
Originally from the United
Kingdom, Lauren worked
on the Annual STEMtech
Conference and Showcase, the
largest science and technology
conference in the UK. She
has a background in theatre
performance and management.
CINZ Events and Marketing
Director, Heather Cornish
says CINZ is delighted to add
Lauren’s talents to the team. n
Making The Orange Great Again
Sue Fleischl’s Great Catering Company has opened a new event location, the beautifully
refurbished historic venue, The Orange in the heart of Auckland . This iconic landmark is
located minutes from Auckland’s CBD, at 147 Newton Road, Eden Terrace.
First established in 1923, The Orange is hugely significant to the social history of
Auckland, as the iconic building quickly became the city’s number one party spot. Fast-
forward to 2017 and this inner city venue presents an opportunity to host the most
With capacity to seat 200 people, The Orange features two event spaces that can be
tailored to suit the requirements of every occasion, from intimate gatherings to grand
celebrations says Sue.
“We are thrilled to now be looking after The Orange. The venue oozes elegance and will
create events that your guests will talk about long after the occasion is over. The results
are in the details when it comes to incredible events, and our team is passionate about
creating an amazing experience for you.”
The Great Catering Company is leading the private and corporate catering world.
Their passionate culinary team of experienced restaurant chefs create innovative cuisine
inspired by the season, supporting their philosophy of Serving Amazing Anywhere, and
this is what can be expected at The Orange.
A new, Emerging
Chef category has
been created to
attract new talent
and to engage.
The glamourous newly refurbished
The Orange function room in the
heart of Auckland’s CBD.
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