Matariki Dish Challenge 2018

Visit the new  Matariki Dish Challenge website –  New Website Here


Our 2017 Challenge has come to an end and it’s time to celebrate

Waikato Food Inc’s unique challenge which dares chefs to create a dish inspired by Matariki and local Waikato ingredients is over for another year and we’re inviting you along to help us celebrate.

Join us on the 6th of August for a spectacular Gala Dinner and be among the first to congratulate our winners.

Tickets $80pp for Waikato Food Inc members and Waikato Foodies – Email to book.

Or $95pp for non members – click here to book.

See you there!!


Restaurant Category

PalatePapatuanuku 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




Café Category

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

Gather Foodhouse









Profs at Woodlands









Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster whose appearance in the north eastern pre-dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life.

In ancient times, Matariki arrived at the end of the harvest and was therefore a time of plenty and for celebration.

Matariki can be translated in two ways – Mata Riki (tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (eyes of God). Either way the eyes are thought to watch over the land and it’s people.