Matariki Dish Challenge.

Tino Reka Te Kai -Matariki Dish Challenge - Waikato food inc

Back for its fifth year Waikato Food Inc’s 2019 Tino Reka te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge is once again putting the Waikato and New Zealand cuisine on the map.  Each winter local chefs sharpen their knives and create a dish celebrating both Matariki (Maori New Year) and Waikato produce.

The coveted Marty Wong created trophy has graced the walls of some of the Waikato’s best eateries and it is expected the competition will be just as strong this year.

Open to restaurants and cafes alike, this years challenge will begin with a bang with a special launch day for all interested in competing in the challenge.

To register for the 2019 challenge click below




This years challenge kicks off with a launch day being held at the newly built NZMA Hamilton Hospitality school. Guest speaker and head chef of the 2017 Restaurant of the Year, Jeremy Rameka will be hosting a masterclass, showing and discussing the many ways to use ingredients found in our backyard to truly represent a kiwi dish! This is a whole day event starting from… until..

Tickets $25pp



Entry Prices

Early bird: $195

General: $2…

Launch Event
14th May 2019

Awards Dinner 12th August 2019


Past Challenge Highlights