Applications open today for Ōra King Salmon’s industry mentoring program, NextGen, which reaches Australian shores for the first time this year, offering young chefs a rare opportunity to capitalise on the skills and experience of some of Australia’s most established chefs.

Ben O’Donoghue (Billykart Kitchen, Brisbane), Jason Roberts (Poku, Sydney) and Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso, Melbourne) form the maiden chef mentor panel, committed to helping young chefs develop the essential skills needed to progress in Australia’s fast-paced food service industry.

Ōra King NextGen is open to all chefs who have a passion to learn and develop. Ideally applicants will have a couple of years’ commercial kitchen experience and are either Commis or Chef de Partie level. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis however, so promising individuals with less experience but who are highly ambitious will be considered.

The program is split into two phases:

  • Three successful applicants will take part in a one-week placement at the allocated mentor’s restaurant between 9 April and 14 May 2017
  • NextGen chefs, with support from their mentors, will cater for their peers showcasing the skills they have learnt at the launch of the Ōra King Awards in June

New Zealand King Salmon Marketing General Manager, Jemma McCowan says Ōra King is committed to nurturing young talent and developing the quality of all professionals in the industry.

“We’re delighted to launch the Ōra King NextGen program for a second year in New Zealand and also expand this industry initiative to Australia. Securing talented and highly sought after chef mentors across both countries is integral for the success of the program,” McCowan said.

“Ben, Jason and Alejandro will give our younger talent a unique insight into the industry and provide opportunities to harness their skillset and fuel their ambition.”

Entries for Ōra King NextGen open from 13 February to 12 March, with the application form on the following website: http://Ō

Each applicant must have the consent of their head chef or employer to enter, and must be available to participate in both stages of the program.

For more information, images or interview requests, please contact:

Millie Friend | | 02 9667 4211

About Ōra King

Ōra King is a best-of-breed King salmon developed specifically for the food service industry. Ōra King is the result of a commitment to quality founded on a classic breeding program born in the top of New Zealand’s South Island two decades ago. All of the company’s husbandry and breeding, everything which Ōra King represents, is dedicated to the professional cook. It is the best of the best. Ōra King is to salmon as Wagyu is to beef.