Hospitality Business Magazine

2024 Beef + Lamb Ambassador finalists announced

Fifteen talented chefs have been shortlisted for the prestigious four titles of Beef + Lamb Ambassadors, and will go on to have their beef and lamb dishes assessed over the next few weeks.

The finalists are:

Dean Thompson, Schnappa Rock, Tutukaka

Nick Rogers, Cibo, Auckland

Mrinal Ghosal, Mudbrick Restaurant, Waiheke

Dominic Dsouza, Te Karaka Station Lodge, Waikato

Andrew Clarke, Furnace Steakhouse, Hamilton

Tejas Nikam, The Cut Restaurant, Rydges Auckland

Dylan Wilson, Frederic’s Restaurant & Bar, New Plymouth

Chris Coughey, The Strong Room, Feilding

Andrew May, Amayjen restaurant, Palmerston North

Punit D’souza, York Bistro, Martinborough

Chetan Pangam, One80 Restaurant, Wellington

Robert Cullen, Kaikoura Fine Foods

Cameron Davies, The Fat Duck, Te Anau

Marc Soper, The Panorama Room, The Hermitage, Mt Cook

Logan Wilson, No 7 Balmac, Dunedin

More details regarding each of the finalists can be found at

For 28 years, Beef + Lamb New Zealand has sought and recognised New Zealand’s top chefs, and the accolade remains prestigious and relevant in today’s hospitality scene.

Foodservice Manager, Lisa Moloney, says,” We are looking for chefs who value and celebrate grass-fed New Zealand beef and lamb as part of our national cuisine.”

“Applicants impressively showcased their innovation and creativity to tell the paddock to plate story through their beef and lamb dishes. Our farmers can feel confident their product is being showcased to a high standard on restaurant menus.”

Once all the finalists have had their beef and lamb dishes assessed in their restaurants, four chefs will be selected as the new Beef + Lamb Ambassadors and will be announced in April 2024, commencing a two year term.