Victoria Street Bistro takes out the Supreme award in the Matariki Dish Challenge for a second year running.
Andrew Clarke and the team at Victoria Street Bistro have proved a formidable force, not only gaining two hats at the Cuisine Magazine Good Food Guide this week, but also winning the Waikato Food Inc Matariki Dish Challenge for the second year running.
Andrew’s dish, Pakoire Moa, creatively used ostrich to imitate ostrich, pakoire meaning imitate. Andrew says “I wanted to create a dish that reflected the true terroir of the Waikato region making use of the abundance of native flora available during the course of Matariki season.”
Nikau Caves took out the People’s Choice award with their uniquely presented Nga Kai a Matariki – The Foods of Matariki which highlighted both in season and truly local produce.
The challenge, now in its second year, dares local chefs to create a dish that both highlights local produce and Matariki. “This year” Waikato Food Inc Chairperson, Vicki says “we have not only received almost double the entries the calibre of these was outstanding; a true reflection of the fabulous talent we have in the Waikato.”
This year the standard was so high along with the Supreme winner and People’s Choice winner two finalists and two highly commended were awarded recognising how tight the competitions was. Vicki says “the challenge is a great chance for Waikato Food Inc to highlight the array of superb restaurants and cafes we have in the Waikato as well as an opportunity for the local industry to grow and improve.”
The challenge takes into account not only the chefs culinary creativity and skill, use of local ingredients and reference to Matariki but the service, staffs knowledge and their ability to up sell as well as the eateries understanding of their business and target market. “One of Waikato Food Inc’s main goals is to
help local food and hospitality businesses flourish” says Vicki Ravlich-Horan “and this challenge is a great opportunity for those entering to up-skill and challenge their team on all fronts.”
2016 Tino Reka Te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge Winners
Supreme Winner – Victoria Street Bistro
People’s Choice Award – Nikau Caves
Finalists – Paddock, Alpha Street Kitchen
Highly Commended – Ember, Palate