A number of young chefs were competing in the South Island regional cook-offs at Ara Institute of Canterbury for the first time following a new format.
The event was a collaboration between Nestle Professional, the Australian Culinary Federation and the New Zealand Chefs association where young and enthusiastics chefs were required to create two courses (main and dessert), to be prepared, cooked, and served in 2.5 hours.
The format is meant to produce 12 individual winners per region across New Zealand and Australia. These 12 candidates will then compete in round three finals at the ultimate culinary showdown at Fine Food Australia (Sydney).
The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize with a cool title to their name that says ‘Golden Chef of the Year’.