Entries now open for the Ōra King Awards

Ōra King has unveiled the theme for the seventh annual Ōra King Awards and is inviting chefs from around the world to enter this prestigious awards programme. This year’s theme, Sustain, challenges chefs to draw on their own sustainability story and communicate this in their Ōra King dish.

The Ōra King Awards recognises chefs’ innovation, imagination and technique. Chefs work with Ōra King salmon, New Zealand King Salmon’s premium foodservice brand, in a competition of creativity and craft to win one of five titles and the esteem of the global network of chefs.

New Zealand King Salmon Marketing Manager Foodservice, Anne-Marie Friis explains the meaning behind this year’s theme, Sustain.

“We believe that New Zealand food producers have the potential to be a positive force for change. Sustainability is pivotal to Ōra King. This year’s theme lets chefs creatively demonstrate their personal sustainability journey.

“All our Ōra King chefs will be at a different stage of their sustainability journey. We are firm believers this is a journey the world is on together and we can’t wait to see how the chefs communicate their different sustainability story in their dishes,” she says.

The competition is open to chefs from New Zealand, North America, Australia, Japan and Europe. This is the first time Europe is included in the awards.

All dishes entered will have the opportunity to be featured in a book of sustainable food stories published later this year.

The semi-finalists will have their Best Ōra King dish tasted by industry experts in their region.

Three finalists from each region will be flown to Nelson, New Zealand this October for the awards’ celebration, which includes a chefs’ produce tour of the Marlborough region and the awards ceremony where the Best Dish winners will be announced.

Entries for the Ōra King Awards are open now until July 31.

Terms and conditions for entry to the Ōra King Awards are available on orakingsalmon.co.nz