Hospitality Business Magazine

Applications open for Ambassador Chefs

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is now taking applications from chefs around the country who have their eye on the coveted role of being the next Beef + Lamb Ambassadors.

With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis hitting the hospitality industry hard, Beef + Lamb NZ says it wants to encourage chefs to look to the future and give them something to aspire too.

This will be the 26th year that Beef + Lamb New Zealand have called for applications for Ambassador Chefs, and Foodservice Manager, Lisa Moloney, says that now more than ever, it is important to give chefs as much support as possible by way of profiling excellence within the industry.

“Just as our farmers grow the best beef and lamb in the world, so too our chefs know exactly how to showcase it on their menus to the highest standard,” says Lisa.  “It is important now more than ever to showcase what Kiwi chefs are doing and give them the opportunity to elevate their careers by becoming Ambassadors for Beef + Lamb NZ.”

Hamilton based chef Tejas Nikam says being named a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef has been an amazing experience.

“It has helped me to create an identity as a chef in the industry, as well as gaining the knowledge, acclaim and experience that comes as being a Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chef,” says Tejas.  “I would recommend applying as it allows chefs to be creative, passionate and showcase their work – the industry definitely recognises the effort.”

Online applications are now open, and chefs have until December 10 to submit their best beef and lamb dishes to be in with a chance to represent the industry.

A winning beef dish by Beef+Lamb Ambassador Chef, Tejas-Nikam.

“It was hoped that the hospitality industry would be back up on its feet again by now, but with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis Beef + Lamb NZ has decided to open applications and offer Kiwi chefs something to get their creative juices flowing, regardless of what current alert level they are in and whether or not their restaurant is fully open,” says Moloney.

“We have a fluid plan to allow for any further Covid-19 restrictions. All going well, we are hoping to announce our new Ambassador Chefs in late March 2022.”

The next step will be in the new year when finalists will have their beef and lamb dishes assessed in their restaurants if alert levels allow.  The chosen chefs will then be flown into Auckland for a two-day photo and video shoot in early March 2022.

Lamb with salad and hummus.

To find out more about the role of a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef and to apply online click this link:-