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, including guest speaker, for all interested in competing in the challenge. Date to be confirmed.

The challenge as always is to showcase local produce with the story and values of Matariki at the heart of your dish. This is about seasonality, sustainability and celebrating what the earth, sea and sky has gifted us on our plates. Your dish must have a title, story and produce which reflects this season and judging will take the entire experience into consideration, from the artistic arrangement on the plate, to taste, to story and to delivery. This is a front and back of house challenge and requires the whole team to be a part of the delivery of your signature dish!

So, start talking to your food reps, start doing your research and get ready to showcase your Matariki dish!

This challenge is open to any Waikato based cafe or restaurant.

To register your interest for the 2019 challenge and receive updates follow the link below


Some inspiration from previous years’ dishes

Entry Fees:

Early Bird (before May 17th): $195

General Fee (after May 17th): $250

Launch Event
Date TBC - May 2019

Awards Dinner Date TBC - August 2019