Matariki Dish Challenge.
Back for its sixth year Waikato Food Inc’s 2020 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 runs from the 8th of June until the 14th of July. So get out and get a taste of the mighty Waikato on a plate this Matariki season! Make sure you share your taste experiences on social media with the hashtag #matarikidishchallenge2019
Waikato Culinary Stars Shine Words
Each winter Waikato’s culinary stars shine with the Waikato Food Inc Matariki Dish Challenge. Now in its fifth year, this highly contested challenge tests local eateries’ service, storytelling, sourcing of local ingredients as well as their kitchens’ culinary talent.
Esther Burnett from Waikato Food Inc says, “The Matariki Dish Challenge is a natural vehicle for the values and vision of Waikato Food Inc.” Waikato Food Inc is a not for profit organisation with the goal of raising the profile and calibre of the food and hospitality industry in the Waikato. “The Matariki Dish Challenge,” Esther says, “both inspires and challenges our local food heroes while inviting the public to engage in a fundamental cultural tradition, that of Matariki. The public literally experiences the stories of Matariki through food.”
The judges commented that the calibre of entries this year was the best yet with just half a point determining those that made it through as finalists and those that didn’t.
Hayes Common and Alpino
Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar taking out the top prize.