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Gareth Stewart to lead new InterContinental Hotel Auckland culinary journey –
InterContinental Auckland has announced internationally renowned chef, Gareth Stewart is officially on board as its partner chef. Gareth plans to elevate the culinary direction for the new luxury hotel’s signature restaurant, which is expected to launch in late 2023. His culinary influence will also extend to the hotel’s hallmark Club InterContinental lounge, and the in-room dining experience. Details of the restaurant are still under development with Gareth taking the lead on creating the restaurant concept, name, food and beverage menus, to the finer elements of tableware, crockery and glassware. He will set the tone and style for the venue and…
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Macdonald family open store to champion high country farming –
The Kaikōura based Macdonald family has announced the opening of Middlehurst Station Farm Store, a thoughtfully curated farm store and boutique butchery located in the heart of the Kāikoura township. This farm store will serve as a haven for residents and visitors seeking fresh meat, locally sourced produce, and a diverse selection of seasonal products. “Kaikōura is renowned for its remarkable food and artisan producers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to contribute to this thriving community,” says Lucy Macdonald, one of the sisters behind the visionary Middlehurst Station Farm Store. “We’ve always dreamed of creating a space where we…
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Lewis Road claims top award at New York specialty food show –
Lewis Road Creamery’s 10 Star Certified Salted Butter has gained international recognition and named the 2023 sofiTM Product of the Year, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. The award is presented to a single product annually at The Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) sofiTM Awards. Bestowed since 1972 they are a top honor in the $194 billion specialty food industry. Jason Clements holds the award. “Judging was performed by a panel of 400 food experts, and for a product that originated on our farms in Waikato to win the major award at a show in NYC is…
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Busy start to Fine Food New Zealand –
New Zealand’s premier trade event for the hospitality, food retail and food service industries, Fine Food New Zealand, has opened on June 25 with visitors from throughout the country attracted to the more than 250 exhibitors, at the Auckland Showgrounds. Displays include the very latest commercial kitchen equipment available, local produce suppliers and IT software system professionals for restaurant bookings, to name just a few. A packed agenda over the three day event includes seminars, training and education, equipment and food demonstrations; the NZ Chefs Championships and Global Chefs Challenge plus the Restaurant Association of New Zealand’s ‘Hospo Hui’. The…
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Mount Maunganui’s Freeport with Cleaver & Co Wins Best NZ Toastie –
The North Island is home to the country’s tastiest toasted sandwich once again, with Mount Maunganui’s Freeport with Cleaver & Co taking top honors in the Great NZ Toastie Takeover 2023. Talented young chef Brooke Moore has won the hotly contested title – and snagged bragging rights for the North Island for the second time only in the competition’s history – with her impressive creation Surf, Turf & Smoke, Monsieur! Thrilled to have taken out the top prize, Moore says she relished the challenge of coming up with Freeport’s first ever Toastie Takeover entry. A standout for competition judges, Freeport’s…
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Fine Food NZ a barometer for vital industry –
Wild weather, rampant inflation, staff shortages, cost of living crises, and all following years of COVID restrictions: there’s a lot going on in the world, much of which has a direct impact on New Zealand’s food production, food service, food retail and hospitality industries. Despite a seemingly endless series of challenges, the people who run these businesses across the country have proven more than resilient and adaptable and, in many instances, have shouldered new and unexpected burdens with an indomitable spirit – and things are starting to look up. That’s according to Deb Haimes, Sales & Event Manager for the…
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Stellar line up for ‘For Industry, By Industry’ HNZ conference 2023 –
One of the driving forces behind Australia’s biggest hospitality and accommodation empire will open Hospitality New Zealand’s conference and trade show in Auckland later this month. Sam Egerton is General Manager of New Projects for Merivale Group, which owns 104 restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels across Australia, most of them in Greater Sydney. He heads a program of speakers and sessions designed to inform, educate and entertain operators from across the hospitality sector. This year the theme is ‘For Industry, By Industry’, and will feature motivational and subject speakers, expert sessions and panels that cover consumer trends, compliance, Chat GPT,…
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Winning Kiwi BBQ expertise heading to American Royal World Series –
For Ken Van Mackelbergh, barbecue is out of season; it’s a community, a culture, a lifestyle, and, most importantly, it’s about family and friends. It is about celebrations and creating memories, about building old friendships, and making new ones. This has been Ken’s ethos for as long as he can remember. With over 20 years’ experience as a qualified Chef, Ken is affectionately known as ‘BBQ BOI’, a name quickly adopted for the competitive BBQ team he is part of with Nick Borland and Jamie Urwin. This year a partnership has been developed between BBQ BOI and kiwi-owned business, The…