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2017 Ora King Awards semifinalists announced

Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown chefs through to the next round Deconstructed sushi presented as a map of Japan and broth inspired by Queenstown’s lakes are among the selected dishes progressing to the second stage of this year’s prestigious Ōra King Awards. The annual Ōra King Awards competition recognises culinary excellence with dishes incorporating the best-of-breed Ōra King salmon. In a new theme for 2017, chefs from around the ... more

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Speights said 'We Will' once again

There’s one word for a home without a bar. Unfinished! This year Speight’s gave three lucky Kiwis a custom-made bar worth $15,000 to complete their home, including personalised glassware, a bar fridge and a Speight’s tap. There were some top effort entries for the bars from all across the country, but in the end there could only be three winners and thanks to their enthusiasm and a helping hand from their mates, some lucky punters walked away with an epic at home set up ... more

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Fonterra cheeses claim awards in top international competition

Two Fonterra NZMP cheeses have scooped silver awards at the prestigious International Cheese Awards held recently at Nantwich, UK. One of the most important events in the global cheese calendar, the International Cheese Awards attracted a record 5,685 entries in categories that ranged from traditional farmhouse to speciality Scandinavian. Cheeses from the smallest boutiques to the largest cheese brands in the world vied for top honours in the Awards, now in their 120th year of ... more

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Kono CEO Rachel Taulelei awarded prestigious scholarship

Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata), CEO of Kono a Maori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and drinks company, joins 13 other senior New Zealand executives and business owners as a recipient of a 2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship. Ms Taulelei received her award at a ceremony in Wellington last week. The Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships are aimed at managers and executives of New Zealand companies with an international focus, to ... more

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Two Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wines deemed Exceptional

Two Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs have gone where no other Sauvignon Blanc in the world has gone, gaining 98 points out of 100 in a Decanter Wine Panel Tasting. The results of Decanter’s Premium New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc tasting have been released in the August issue of the magazine. Both Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Auntsfield’s Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Sauvignon Blanc 2016 gained an Exceptional rating, reserved for wines that score between 98 and 100, on the ... more

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2017 Bragato Wine Awards to be a single vineyard wine competition

A 13 strong judging team is gearing up to review over 500 wines entered in this year’s Bragato Wine Awards. The twist on this year’s Awards is that all wines entered must be single vineyard wines, a first in the competition’s 23 year history. “We’ve worked hard in past few years to enable the Bragato Wine Awards to evolve into a single vineyard show”, says Ben Glover, Chair of Judges and Owner/Winemaker of Glover Family Vineyards. “The Bragato ... more

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Pioneering organic wine duo lead the way with Champion Trophy win

The Darling Wines has been awarded the “Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy” at the recent 2017 Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show held in Sydney. In its 22nd year, the Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show allows entries from Australian and New Zealand wineries that produce up to 250 tonnes of grapes. Head judge and leading Australian wine writer Huon Hooke along with the expert tasting panel including two Masters of Wine awarded the Champion ... more

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Concours National des Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs de la Nouvelle-Zélande

Sunday, August 6, 2017 Le Cordon Bleu, Wellington, New Zealand Every other year New Zealand hosts a competition within the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs members to select a national representative to compete at the International Jeunes Chefs Competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and promote the culinary expertise of young Chefs Rôtisseurs in the tradition of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs by exposing them to a competitive environment with their ... more

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Interesting facts and figures about the 2017 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final

With the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017 National Final looming closer (29th August 2017 at Villa Maria) the contestants are well into study mode, researching their projects, writing budgets, revising a wide range of subjects such as pests & diseases, soil nutrition, pruning, trellising and tractor skills to name but a few. Each of them is very determined to be this year’s winner. Here are some interesting facts about the competition: · 2017 ... more

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Zespri wins top award for US trade

Zespri won the Supreme Award as well as Exporter of the Year at the AmCham-DHL Awards in Auckland last night, recognising the investment made to grow kiwifruit sales across the United States. Zespri Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer says the company is growing strongly across North America, with most of this growth coming from the new gold variety Zespri SunGold. “On behalf of our colleagues and partners in the States, we’re thrilled that the hard work ... more

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