Last night over a hundred guests at the Gallagher Performing Arts Centre were treated to an amazing meal created by Tim Carter and his team at Kahurangi Catering. The night’s festivities were a celebration of Waikato Food Inc’s third Matariki Dish Challenge and the announcement of the winners.
Event organiser, Vicki Ravlich-Horan says, “such an amazing night is the culmination of our biggest challenge to date and shows both the support and potential of this annual event.”
Waikato Food Inc’s unique challenge which dares chefs to create a dish inspired by Matariki and local Waikato ingredients. This year’s challenge saw 25 eateries enter with dishes that dared the taste buds or simply broadened diners’ knowledge of Matariki and local produce. Dishes included; Steamed Tuatua, Kawakawa and Fennel Broth with Pickled Pikopiko, Paua and Kina Brulee with Sea-grape and Horopito Salad, Pickled Bush Mushrooms, Crayfish Oil and Ratatouille Vegetables with Chilli Koura, Fennel with Mussels and Paua wrapped in Seaweed.
The challenge, which ran from the 10th June to 14th July, saw eateries around the Waikato putting their best foot (or waewae) forward. Judges were looking for a link to Matariki, a celebration of local ingredients as well as great cohesive and knowledgeable service. “One of WFI’s goals” says Vicki “is to help local food businesses grow and so the challenge is designed to test the whole team, not just the kitchen.”
This year’s challenge was split into two categories; Restaurant and Café, as well as a special award for outstanding service.
The Winners –
Palate – Papatuanuku ki Tangaroa ma te Awa (From the Land to the Sea through the River)
Head judge Kerry Tyack said “the dish was artfully presented with expert use of colour…. Flavour filled and a dish that I would readily order again.”
Finalists – Crudo and Agenda
Gather Foodhouse – Hopu I te whetu hinga (Catch a falling star)
Head Judge Charles Royal said “An excellent knowledge of the food not to mention pronunciation. The passion shows in the Kai!”
Finalist – Prof’s @ Woodlands
Outstanding Service Award
For more information on the challenge, Gala dinner or this year’s winners including high resolution images please contact
Waikato Food Inc
ph. 07 847 5321 or 021 065 1537
A big thanks to our sponsors;
Te Puni Korkiri, Wel Energy Trust, Bidfresh, MediaWorks, Printing.com, Kahurangi, University of Waikato
Kai a te Rangatira he Korero
The sustenance of the Chiefs is robust debate.
We are committed to using produce and artisan suppliers from our Waikato and Bay of Plenty communities. Our contemporary and innovative table is built from understanding our tikanga and what it can create for taste profiles and techniques.
We bring people together to share not just food but also conversation, replenishment and growth that comes from sharing food. This act is at the heart of all communities. We wish to play this role in the University of Waikato – growing and strengthening it, not just for those who are already part of the University community, but every time we bring new people into that community through an event.
Kahurangi is the University of Waikato’s exclusive catering supplier.
Based on campus, we operate Kahurangi Kitchen in the Halls of Residence, Kahurangi Cafe in the Oranga building and Kahurangi – the official University catering service. We also operate catering services off-site, providing for the wider Hamilton region.
Our menus are designed for a range of functions, from small morning tea deliveries to large black-tie dinners.
The Kahurangi brand was developed by a partnership between the University’s Communications, Marketing and Events (CME) and Regional Engagement teams and Kahurangi. The group were inspired by the proverb
“Kai a te Rangatira he Korero” or “The sustenance of Chiefs is robust debate”.
From this proverb came the name ‘Kahurangi’; a unique pale greenstone, worn by Chiefs and Chieftainesses, representing mana and rangatiratanga – it is a symbol of leadership, provision and excellence.
Executive Chef Waikato
M: +64 27 453 2020 E: firstname.lastname@example.org