Hospitality Business Magazine

Top Chefs counting down the days til the National Salon

salonnewSome of New Zealand’s best and brightest chefs are right now preparing to put their culinary prowess and creativity to the test this July, when they compete for top awards at the NZChefs National Salon.

The four day event will showcase a variety of cooking competitions for primary, secondary and tertiary students, as well as industry professionals.  The main features being the Nestlé Toque d’Or tertiary events, International Pacific Rim Global Chef, Global Pastry Chef and Hans Bueschkens World Junior Chef competitions.

The National Salon will run from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August 2015, at the Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds, alongside the ever-popular Auckland Food Show.

“The National Salon is a popular event for those in the hospitality industry” says NZChefs President Graham Hawkes. “However we think it’ll also appeal to the general public. That’s why we’ve decided to hold the event at the same time as The Food Show”. 

“Visitors will be able to see the chefs in action and the judging of the dishes out in the open.  Plus there’s a huge range of competitions; from the impressive 6 hour Global Chef patisserie event, to Sunday’s Tapas creations, Curry Cup and Kids Can Cook Competition, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy”.

Carmel Clark, Executive Officer, New Zealand Chefs Association says, “NZChefs is delighted to have the support of the industry with this important event on the Culinary Calendar. There are still some few spaces available, so if there are companies out there who would like to sponsor a class please contact me on 0800NZCHEFS. NZChefs is primarily run on voluntary people-power, and we are dedicated to ensuring a vital future for those that have chosen this career pathway.” 

Admission to the event is free and visitors to the salon will also be able to watch smoothie, cocktail and barista heats on the main stage, as well as a variety of cooking demonstrations.

The NZChefs Association have also brought back classic hospitality events such as table setting, bed making and waiter races.

See for a detailed program and event guide.