The Ora King Awards 2016 100%

The Ōra’s were established in 2013 to recognise outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ōra King.

This year, we celebrated our five year anniversary by doing something extra special – taking the Ōra King Awards to Japan.

Awards finalists from NZ, Australia and North America joined the Ōra King team and our Japanese Awards finalists for an exclusive Chef’s Tour of Japan.

Over 300 chefs from around the world accepted the challenge to enter their best Ōra King Dish with a Japanese twist.

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as washoku – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured.

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Best Ōra King Dish
New Zealand

“Marc must have spent hour upon hour thinking about and perfecting every part of his creation. He showed us Ōra King salmon served to perfection, every ingredient there for a reason, the dish - delightful and clever, the taste - incredible!”
Best Dish New Zealand Judge, Geoff Scott.

Marc Soper, Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston
Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand, 2017

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Best Ōra King Dish

“A wonderfully balanced, creative dish by a chef that is confidently in tune with not only his abilities but also with the ingredients he is using. Every element on the plate plays a supporting role to underpin the unique properties of the Ōra King salmon”.
Best Dish Australia Judge, Anthony Huckstep.

Christopher Bonello, MPD Steak Kitchen, Melbourne
Best Ōra King Dish Australia, 2017

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Best Ōra King Dish
North America

“The texture and flavour of the salmon alone, was the single-most memorable part of the dish, clearly marking it as the hero. Thoughtful, creative, well-executed and delicious”.
Best Dish North America Judge, Bonjwing Lee.

Travis Swikard, Boulud Sud, New York City
Best Ōra King Dish North America, 2017

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Best Ōra King Dish

“I could tell that this chef tried his dish many times, each time carefully reflecting on what could be done to improve it. It was a dish with complete harmony, meticulous balance of flavour and delightful texture. Each part of the dish supported the Ōra King, it was a perfect dish”.
Best Dish Japan Judge, Hiroshi Horita.

Yosuke Kanai, Fleuve, Hotel Granvia Osaka
Best Ōra King Dish Japan, 2017