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.

Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand

Marc Soper

Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston

Japanese inspired Ōra King Salmon served with bone broth

Marc took out the award for the second consecutive year. He was inspired by the simplicity and full flavour of Japanese food, coupled with his fascination in the nose to tail philosophy. His dish incorporates various parts of an Ōra King salmon including the belly, tail, skin and bones.

The hero of his dish is a baked Ōra King salmon loin wrapped in nori. The salmon is topped with a sesame kelp seasoning and accompanied by wasabi peas, pickled rice, Ōra King caviar, soy ginger and tofu sponge. A smoked Ōra King salmon bone broth is served tableside in front of the guest.

Best Dish New Zealand judge, Geoff Scott, spoke at the Awards saying “Marc must have spent hours upon hours 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 Ōra King Dish Australia

Christopher Bonello

MPD Steak Kitchen, Melbourne

Ōra King salmon, noodles and rocks

Chef Christopher attributes the inspiration for his dish to the Japanese way of treating food. He says  “let the produce shine and garnish accordingly. Ōra King salmon speaks for itself and in my eyes you do not need to do anything over the top to it. Let nature shine”.

The hero of Christopher’s dish is Ōra King salmon, lightly cured to bring the salmon’s true flavours to the surface, and sliced thick to present a firm yet creamy mouth feel. Accompanied by Nikka whisky soba noodles: whisky jelly made from gellan, piped into tubes to set, then extracted using a nitrogen dioxide dispenser.

Ōra King Best Dish Australia judge, Anthony Huckstep, raved about the creation calling it “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 Ōra King Dish North America

Travis Swikard

Boulud Sud, NYC

Japanese Whisper

Chef Travis’ dish is a tartare of Ōra King salmon that is cured in sake soaked Kombu, diced and seasoned with toasted sesame seeds and nori.

The garnish is inspired by wasabi and peas but is actually made from a dressing of creme fraiche, dijon mustard and horseradish. It is served with sweet summer cucumbers, super spicy daikon radish, and nasturtium which has a natural wasabi and umami seaweed flavour.

Ōra King Best Dish North America judge, Bonjwing Lee, commended Chef Travis’ successful integration of serving a Japanese-inspired dish in his Mediterranean-focused restaurant. Lee says, “He successfully and seamlessly wove East and West together with specific visual cues,  the ribbons of cucumber and use of flowers, looking towards the warm coasts of Italy and France, and Japanese flavours like daikon, sake and kombu”.

He goes on say “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 Ōra King Dish Japan

Yosuke Kanai

Hotel Granvia Osaka Fleuve, Osaka

Ōra King Confit

Chef Yusuke prepared the Ōra King by first cooking it at a low heat with lemon and citrus-infused oil before pan-frying. It is finished with a sprinkle of hijiki seaweed frit and lemon powder.

The dish is accompanied by a signature dish from Fleuve Restaurant at Hotel Granvia Osaka, a bouquet of colourful vegetables with sour cream, caviar, beetroot and apple sauce.

Best Ōra King Ambassadors 2017

New Zealand

Makoto Tokuyama

Cocoro, Auckland

Makoto Tokuyama of Cocoro has also been appointed as Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand. Although no stranger to the Ōra King Awards competition, this is the first time Makoto has been awarded the Ambassador title. In 2013 Makoto won Best Ōra King Dish NZ, and was then shortlisted as a finalist for Best Ōra King Ambassador in both 2014 and 2015.

Australia

Jason Roberts

Poku, Sydney

Sydney based chef Jason Roberts is appointed Best Ōra King Ambassador Australia. Jason has been using Ōra King for many years, he fulfilled the role of Ōra King mentor in the Australian mentoring programme this year and from North America to Australia, Jason takes Ōra King with him wherever he goes.

North America

Mike Ellis

Charlie Palmer Steak, DC

Mike Ellis of Charlie Palmer Steak, DC  is appointed Best Ōra King Ambassador North America. As part of the famed Charlie Palmer family of restaurants, Mike has the choice of the world’s best ingredients at his fingertips, Ōra King is honoured to be a consistent part of each menu Mike creates and the award acknowledges the ‘above and beyond’ attitude that Mike gives to all the Ōra King activities he has been involved with.

Judging & Entry Criteria

2017 Best Ōra King Dish: Judging Process & Entry Criteria for New Zealand

Stage I: Competition open

Entries are open from 7 June ­- 31 July 2017

Stage II: Judging

Judging

8 semi finalists will be chosen from all entries by reviewing the online entry forms.

There are 100 points available for each entry

Taking the ‘Japanese twist’ element into consideration, points will be awarded as follows:

  1. Innovation – 20
  2. Technique – 20
  3. Inspiration – 20
  4. Presentation – 20
  5. Ōra King salmon as the hero – 20

Lauraine Jacobs and Geoff Scott are the external Ōra King Awards judges for 2017. Between them, they will taste and judge the eight semi finalist entries, this judging will take place from 21st August – 10th September 2017

At this second stage, the dishes will be marked out of 100 as shown below:

  1. Dish composition – 30
  2. Taste – 30
  3. Execution and Technique – 20
  4. X Factor – 20

The top three dishes from these tastings will become the finalists for the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand 2017.

Stage III: Judging the Final Three

Judging dates: 18th September – 1st October 2017

The three finalists’ dishes will be tasted and assessed a second time by the alternative judge. The final three dishes will be re-judged according to the same criteria as above.

Stage IV: Winner Announced

The three finalist chefs will be invited to join Ōra King and the three finalist chefs from North America and Australia for the Awards ceremony in Tokyo. The Japan trip will take place from 15 October – 21 October 2017.

The winner of the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand 2017 will be announced at the ceremony and presented with their unique award.

Terms & Conditions

2017 Ōra King Awards Campaign

Terms and Conditions

  • These are the terms and conditions of the 2017 Ōra King Awards Contest (Contest) that apply to any person seeking to enter the Contest (Entrant).
  • By entering the Contest, the Entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions of entry (Terms). Information about prizes and any other entry instructions published by the Promoter from time to time also form part of these Terms.
  • The Promoter is The New Zealand King Salmon Co. Limited, 93 Beatty Street, Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand (Promoter).
  • The Promoter is running this Contest as part of a global hunt for the Best Ōra King salmon dish. The Contest is open to professional chefs who actively use Ōra King salmon in their restaurant located in:
    • New Zealand (who will enter in the New Zealand Category);
    • Australia (who will enter in the Australian Category);
    • Japan (who will enter in the Japanese Category); and
    • The United States of America, Canada and Mexico (who will enter in the North American Category)

(Eligible Entrants).

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age, have formal culinary training from a culinary training institution or have been employed as a chef for three or more years and be proficient in all aspects of food preparation. Employees of the Promoter (or any other associated entity) and any agency involved with this Contest, and the immediate family of such employees, are ineligible to enter.
  • The Contest opens at 12.00am (NZST) on 1 June 2017 in North America and 7 June 2017 for all other Eligible Entrants and closes at 11.59pm (NZST) on 31 July 2017 (Contest Period).
  • To enter the Contest, Eligible Entrants must, during the Contest Period, complete the entry form provided at orakingsalmon.co.nz/oras. Entrants will be required to provide information about the techniques used for their dish and the inspiration behind their dish in addition to an image.
  • Each Entrant may only submit one entry to the Contest. If more than one entry is received from a particular Entrant for the Contest, all entries submitted by that Entrant, except their first entry, will be invalid.
  • This is a competition of skill. Chance plays no part in this Contest.
  • Eight semi-finalists will be selected from each country category of all eligible entries by a panel appointed by the Promoter taking into consideration the ‘Japanese twist’ element of the Contest. Entrants will be awarded points for innovativeness, technique, inspiration, presentation and Ōra King salmon being the hero of the dish. Semi-finalists will be announced on Monday 21 August 2017 on the Promoter’s social media platforms (which may include, but is not limited to, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
  • Three finalists will be selected from each country Category from the semi-finalists by a panel appointed by the Promoter. Finalists will be judged on dish composition, taste, execution of techniques and for the X-Factor of the dish. The finalists will be announced on Monday 18 September 2017 via a press release and on the Promoter’s social media platforms.
  • All three finalists from each country category will receive a place on the Ōra King Chefs Tour in Japan over 15 October to 21 October  2017 (the Tour). The Tour will be off the tourist trail and will take finalists behind the doors of exclusive Japanese restaurants, and will include (subject to availability):
    • Following Ora King through its lifecycle in Japan;
    • Exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market;
    • Meeting Knife makers and ceramicists;
    • Exploring Toyko’s night markets and street food;
    • Visiting Japan’s oldest traditional organic soy, miso and pickle factory;
    • Sake and whiskey tasting;
    • Exploring temples and Japanese culture;
    • A stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan in an outlying region of Tokyo;
    • Mt Fuji; and
    • A traditional tea house experience.
  • Finalists in the New Zealand, Australian and North American categories will also receive, as part of their Tour package, return economy flights to Tokyo from their closest international airport, airport transfers in Japan, accommodation, entertainment, meals and transfers during the six nights of the Tour. Unless explicitly stated in these Terms, finalists will be responsible for all costs associated with their participation in this Contest, which may include but is not limited to, their travel insurance, passports, visas, transfers to and from international airports, spending money, gratuities, and any other costs of a personal nature. Compliance with any health or other government requirements is the responsibility of the finalist.
  • There are six prizes in this Contest:
    • Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand (only open to Eligible Entrants in the New Zealand category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish Australia (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Australian category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish North America (only open to Eligible Entrants in the North American category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish Japan (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Japanese category);
    • Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand (only open to Eligible Entrants in the New Zealand category); and
    • Best Ōra King Ambassador International (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Australian, North American and Japanese categories).

The winners will be announced during the Tour at the Ōra King Awards Lunch held in Japan on 17 October 2017 and will be publicised in a press release, on the Promoter’s website and social media platforms. The winners will also be publicised on Chefs Roll’s website www.chefsroll.com.

  • The winner of the Best Ōra King Dish Japan will receive, as part of their prize, a five day culinary tour of New Zealand in early 2018 to see the home of Ōra King salmon. This will include return economy flights to New Zealand from their closest international airport, airport transfers in New Zealand and four nights’ accommodation in New Zealand (subject to availability).
  • In the event that an ineligible Entrant is selected as a finalist or the Promoter are unable to contact a finalist within three days of their selection, having made reasonable attempts to do so, the Promoter may deem that finalist’s entry invalid.
  • Entrants in the New Zealand, Australian and North American categories must be able to attend the Tour to be eligible to receive a finalist place in this Contest.
  • By entering this Contest, Entrants agree to the Promoter’s use of their names, photographs, likeness, and their submitted dish and recipe for Contest and advertising purposes. Entrants grant the Promoter a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence and right to edit, publish, use, adapt their entry dish and recipe for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, permission or notification. Entrants irrevocably consent to the Promoter doing or omitting to do something with respect to the entry dish or recipe which would otherwise be an infringement of the Entrant’s moral rights in those items and the Entrant otherwise waives all rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal and any other rights that may be known as or referred to as “moral rights”, “droit moral” or the like that he or she may have with respect to the entry dish or recipe.
  • The Tour and prizes are not transferrable, changeable or redeemable for cash.
  • As the Tour involves travel and activities, the finalists may be required to sign additional documentation, such as a waiver and indemnity in a form provided by the Promoter. It is up to the finalist to ensure that they are able to participate in the Tour and have or can obtain necessary travel documentation (failure to do so will mean that the finalist will forfeit the prize and no compensation will be payable).
  • The Promoter may disallow entries in its absolute discretion and without giving reasons.
  • The Promoter may, at any time, verify the validity of claims and determine the eligibility of Entrants (including an Entrant’s identity and professional status) and disqualify any entry or refuse to award a prize or a Tour where false or misleading details have been given by an Entrant, or where an Entrant has behaved in a fraudulent or dishonest manner, or otherwise than in accordance with these Terms or the spirit of the Contest.
  • Entrants agree to comply with all reasonable directions of the Promoter and any prize or Tour suppliers. Entrants agree that they will not do anything that could bring the Promoter, their brands or their products into disrepute.
  • Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  • All decisions made by the Promoter, its employees or agents are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • In the event the Contest cannot operate as anticipated, the Promoter may, where reasonably necessary, amend, suspend or cancel any aspect of the Contest (including any prize, these Terms, or aspect of the Tour) in its sole discretion. No compensation will be payable to any Entrant or finalist.
  • Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter excludes all liability for any costs, expenses, losses and damages suffered or incurred by the Entrant, including any liability for personal injury or death or loss of business opportunity or liability due to negligence of the Promoter or its personnel, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in connection with these Terms or the conduct of the Contest (including, without limitation, in connection with, participation in the Contest by the Entrant; the Prize; the Tour; the unavailability of any Prize; any tax liability incurred by the Entrant; or any variation in the value of the Prize or the Tour).
  • The Promoter will collect and hold personal information provided by Entrants for the purposes of this Contest. Failure to provide requested personal information may disqualify a person from being able to receive a prize or the Tour. All personal information provided by Entrants will be held by the Promoter and may be disclosed to third parties including agents, contractors, service providers, suppliers and regulatory authorities (if required) in New Zealand, Australia or Japan. Under the Privacy Act 1993 (NZ) and the Privacy Act 1988 (AUS), Entrants have the right to access and correct any such personal information. Entrants may access and request correction of any of their personal information held by the Promoter by sending an email to contact@orakingsalmon.co.nz.
  • This Contest and these Terms will be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand. Entrants irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of New Zealand with respect to any legal action, suit or proceeding or any other matter arising out of or in connection with this Contest and/or these Terms.
  • If a translation of these Terms conflicts with the English version of the Terms, the English version shall prevail.

Judging & Entry Criteria

2017 Best Ōra King Dish: Judging Process & Entry Criteria for Australia

Stage I: Competition open

Entries are open from 7 June ­- 31 July 2017

Stage II: Judging

Judging

8 semi-finalists will be chosen from all entries by reviewing the online entry forms.

There are 100 points available for each entry

Taking the ‘Japanese twist’ element into consideration, points will be awarded as follows:

  1. Innovation – 20
  2. Technique – 20
  3. Inspiration – 20
  4. Presentation – 20
  5. Ōra King salmon as the hero – 20

Our external judges will travel the country to taste and judge the 8 semi finalists entries. Between them, they will taste and judge the eight semi finalist entries, this judging will take place from 21st August – 10th September 2017

At this second stage, the dishes will be marked out of 100 as shown below:

  1. Dish composition – 30
  2. Taste – 30
  3. Execution and Technique – 20
  4. X Factor – 20

The top three dishes from these tastings will become the finalists for the Best Ōra King Dish Australia 2017.

Stage III: Judging the Final Three

Judging dates: 18th September – 1st October 2017

The three finalists’ dishes will be tasted and assessed a second time by the alternative judge. The final three dishes will be re-judged according to the same criteria as above.

Stage IV: Winner Announced

The three finalist chefs will be invited to join Ōra King and the three finalist chefs from New Zealand and North America for the Awards ceremony in Tokyo. The Japan trip will take place from 15 October – 21 October 2017.

The winner of the Best Ōra King Dish Australia 2017 will be announced at the ceremony and presented with their unique award.

Terms & Conditions

2017 Ōra King Awards Campaign

Terms and Conditions

  • These are the terms and conditions of the 2017 Ōra King Awards Contest (Contest) that apply to any person seeking to enter the Contest (Entrant).
  • By entering the Contest, the Entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions of entry (Terms). Information about prizes and any other entry instructions published by the Promoter from time to time also form part of these Terms.
  • The Promoter is The New Zealand King Salmon Co. Limited, 93 Beatty Street, Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand (Promoter).
  • The Promoter is running this Contest as part of a global hunt for the Best Ōra King salmon dish. The Contest is open to professional chefs who actively use Ōra King salmon in their restaurant located in:
    • New Zealand (who will enter in the New Zealand Category);
    • Australia (who will enter in the Australian Category);
    • Japan (who will enter in the Japanese Category); and
    • The United States of America, Canada and Mexico (who will enter in the North American Category)

(Eligible Entrants).

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age, have formal culinary training from a culinary training institution or have been employed as a chef for three or more years and be proficient in all aspects of food preparation. Employees of the Promoter (or any other associated entity) and any agency involved with this Contest, and the immediate family of such employees, are ineligible to enter.
  • The Contest opens at 12.00am (NZST) on 1 June 2017 in North America and 7 June 2017 for all other Eligible Entrants and closes at 11.59pm (NZST) on 31 July 2017 (Contest Period).
  • To enter the Contest, Eligible Entrants must, during the Contest Period, complete the entry form provided at orakingsalmon.co.nz/oras. Entrants will be required to provide information about the techniques used for their dish and the inspiration behind their dish in addition to an image.
  • Each Entrant may only submit one entry to the Contest. If more than one entry is received from a particular Entrant for the Contest, all entries submitted by that Entrant, except their first entry, will be invalid.
  • This is a competition of skill. Chance plays no part in this Contest.
  • Eight semi-finalists will be selected from each country category of all eligible entries by a panel appointed by the Promoter taking into consideration the ‘Japanese twist’ element of the Contest. Entrants will be awarded points for innovativeness, technique, inspiration, presentation and Ōra King salmon being the hero of the dish. Semi-finalists will be announced on Monday 21 August 2017 on the Promoter’s social media platforms (which may include, but is not limited to, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
  • Three finalists will be selected from each country Category from the semi-finalists by a panel appointed by the Promoter. Finalists will be judged on dish composition, taste, execution of techniques and for the X-Factor of the dish. The finalists will be announced on Monday 18 September 2017 via a press release and on the Promoter’s social media platforms.
  • All three finalists from each country category will receive a place on the Ōra King Chefs Tour in Japan over 15 October to 21 October  2017 (the Tour). The Tour will be off the tourist trail and will take finalists behind the doors of exclusive Japanese restaurants, and will include (subject to availability):
    • Following Ora King through its lifecycle in Japan;
    • Exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market;
    • Meeting Knife makers and ceramicists;
    • Exploring Toyko’s night markets and street food;
    • Visiting Japan’s oldest traditional organic soy, miso and pickle factory;
    • Sake and whiskey tasting;
    • Exploring temples and Japanese culture;
    • A stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan in an outlying region of Tokyo;
    • Mt Fuji; and
    • A traditional tea house experience.
  • Finalists in the New Zealand, Australian and North American categories will also receive, as part of their Tour package, return economy flights to Tokyo from their closest international airport, airport transfers in Japan, accommodation, entertainment, meals and transfers during the six nights of the Tour. Unless explicitly stated in these Terms, finalists will be responsible for all costs associated with their participation in this Contest, which may include but is not limited to, their travel insurance, passports, visas, transfers to and from international airports, spending money, gratuities, and any other costs of a personal nature. Compliance with any health or other government requirements is the responsibility of the finalist.
  • There are six prizes in this Contest:
    • Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand (only open to Eligible Entrants in the New Zealand category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish Australia (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Australian category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish North America (only open to Eligible Entrants in the North American category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish Japan (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Japanese category);
    • Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand (only open to Eligible Entrants in the New Zealand category); and
    • Best Ōra King Ambassador International (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Australian, North American and Japanese categories).

The winners will be announced during the Tour at the Ōra King Awards Lunch held in Japan on 17 October 2017 and will be publicised in a press release, on the Promoter’s website and social media platforms. The winners will also be publicised on Chefs Roll’s website www.chefsroll.com.

  • The winner of the Best Ōra King Dish Japan will receive, as part of their prize, a five day culinary tour of New Zealand in early 2018 to see the home of Ōra King salmon. This will include return economy flights to New Zealand from their closest international airport, airport transfers in New Zealand and four nights’ accommodation in New Zealand (subject to availability).
  • In the event that an ineligible Entrant is selected as a finalist or the Promoter are unable to contact a finalist within three days of their selection, having made reasonable attempts to do so, the Promoter may deem that finalist’s entry invalid.
  • Entrants in the New Zealand, Australian and North American categories must be able to attend the Tour to be eligible to receive a finalist place in this Contest.
  • By entering this Contest, Entrants agree to the Promoter’s use of their names, photographs, likeness, and their submitted dish and recipe for Contest and advertising purposes. Entrants grant the Promoter a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence and right to edit, publish, use, adapt their entry dish and recipe for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, permission or notification. Entrants irrevocably consent to the Promoter doing or omitting to do something with respect to the entry dish or recipe which would otherwise be an infringement of the Entrant’s moral rights in those items and the Entrant otherwise waives all rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal and any other rights that may be known as or referred to as “moral rights”, “droit moral” or the like that he or she may have with respect to the entry dish or recipe.
  • The Tour and prizes are not transferrable, changeable or redeemable for cash.
  • As the Tour involves travel and activities, the finalists may be required to sign additional documentation, such as a waiver and indemnity in a form provided by the Promoter. It is up to the finalist to ensure that they are able to participate in the Tour and have or can obtain necessary travel documentation (failure to do so will mean that the finalist will forfeit the prize and no compensation will be payable).
  • The Promoter may disallow entries in its absolute discretion and without giving reasons.
  • The Promoter may, at any time, verify the validity of claims and determine the eligibility of Entrants (including an Entrant’s identity and professional status) and disqualify any entry or refuse to award a prize or a Tour where false or misleading details have been given by an Entrant, or where an Entrant has behaved in a fraudulent or dishonest manner, or otherwise than in accordance with these Terms or the spirit of the Contest.
  • Entrants agree to comply with all reasonable directions of the Promoter and any prize or Tour suppliers. Entrants agree that they will not do anything that could bring the Promoter, their brands or their products into disrepute.
  • Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  • All decisions made by the Promoter, its employees or agents are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • In the event the Contest cannot operate as anticipated, the Promoter may, where reasonably necessary, amend, suspend or cancel any aspect of the Contest (including any prize, these Terms, or aspect of the Tour) in its sole discretion. No compensation will be payable to any Entrant or finalist.
  • Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter excludes all liability for any costs, expenses, losses and damages suffered or incurred by the Entrant, including any liability for personal injury or death or loss of business opportunity or liability due to negligence of the Promoter or its personnel, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in connection with these Terms or the conduct of the Contest (including, without limitation, in connection with, participation in the Contest by the Entrant; the Prize; the Tour; the unavailability of any Prize; any tax liability incurred by the Entrant; or any variation in the value of the Prize or the Tour).
  • The Promoter will collect and hold personal information provided by Entrants for the purposes of this Contest. Failure to provide requested personal information may disqualify a person from being able to receive a prize or the Tour. All personal information provided by Entrants will be held by the Promoter and may be disclosed to third parties including agents, contractors, service providers, suppliers and regulatory authorities (if required) in New Zealand, Australia or Japan. Under the Privacy Act 1993 (NZ) and the Privacy Act 1988 (AUS), Entrants have the right to access and correct any such personal information. Entrants may access and request correction of any of their personal information held by the Promoter by sending an email to contact@orakingsalmon.co.nz.
  • This Contest and these Terms will be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand. Entrants irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of New Zealand with respect to any legal action, suit or proceeding or any other matter arising out of or in connection with this Contest and/or these Terms.
  • If a translation of these Terms conflicts with the English version of the Terms, the English version shall prevail.

Judging & Entry Criteria

2017 Best Ōra King Dish: Judging Process & Entry Criteria for North America

Stage I: Competition open

Chef entries are open from 1st June ­- 31 July 2017

Stage II: Judging

Judging

8 semi-finalists will be chosen from all chef entries by reviewing the online entry forms.

There are 100 points available for each entry

Taking the ‘Japanese twist’ element into consideration, points will be awarded as follows:

  1. Innovation – 20
  2. Technique – 20
  3. Inspiration – 20
  4. Presentation – 20
  5. Ōra King salmon as the hero – 20

The external Ōra King Awards judges for 2017 will be appointed by Chefsroll. Between them, they will taste and judge the eight semi finalist entries, this judging will take place from 21st August – 10th September 2017

At this stage, the dishes will be marked out of 100 as shown below:

  1. Dish composition – 30
  2. Taste – 30
  3. Execution and Technique – 20
  4. X Factor – 20

The top three dishes from these tastings will become the finalists for the Best Ōra King Dish North America 2017.

Stage III: Judging the Final Three

Judging dates: 18th September – 1st October 2017

The three finalists’ dish will be tasted and assessed a second time by the Ōra King North American team. The final three dishes will be re-judged according to the same criteria as above.

Stage IV: Winner Announced

The three finalist chefs will be invited to join Ōra King and the three finalist chefs from New Zealand & Australia for the Awards ceremony in Tokyo. The Japan trip will take place from 15 October – 21 October 2017.

The winner of the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand 2017 will be announced at the ceremony and presented with their unique award.

Terms & Conditions

2017 Ōra King Awards Campaign

Terms and Conditions

  • These are the terms and conditions of the 2017 Ōra King Awards Contest (Contest) that apply to any person seeking to enter the Contest (Entrant).
  • By entering the Contest, the Entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions of entry (Terms). Information about prizes and any other entry instructions published by the Promoter from time to time also form part of these Terms.
  • The Promoter is The New Zealand King Salmon Co. Limited, 93 Beatty Street, Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand (Promoter).
  • The Promoter is running this Contest as part of a global hunt for the Best Ōra King salmon dish. The Contest is open to professional chefs who actively use Ōra King salmon in their restaurant located in:
    • New Zealand (who will enter in the New Zealand Category);
    • Australia (who will enter in the Australian Category);
    • Japan (who will enter in the Japanese Category); and
    • The United States of America, Canada and Mexico (who will enter in the North American Category)

(Eligible Entrants).

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age, have formal culinary training from a culinary training institution or have been employed as a chef for three or more years and be proficient in all aspects of food preparation. Employees of the Promoter (or any other associated entity) and any agency involved with this Contest, and the immediate family of such employees, are ineligible to enter.
  • The Contest opens at 12.00am (NZST) on 1 June 2017 in North America and 7 June 2017 for all other Eligible Entrants and closes at 11.59pm (NZST) on 31 July 2017 (Contest Period).
  • To enter the Contest, Eligible Entrants must, during the Contest Period, complete the entry form provided at orakingsalmon.co.nz/oras. Entrants will be required to provide information about the techniques used for their dish and the inspiration behind their dish in addition to an image.
  • Each Entrant may only submit one entry to the Contest. If more than one entry is received from a particular Entrant for the Contest, all entries submitted by that Entrant, except their first entry, will be invalid.
  • This is a competition of skill. Chance plays no part in this Contest.
  • Eight semi-finalists will be selected from each country category of all eligible entries by a panel appointed by the Promoter taking into consideration the ‘Japanese twist’ element of the Contest. Entrants will be awarded points for innovativeness, technique, inspiration, presentation and Ōra King salmon being the hero of the dish. Semi-finalists will be announced on Monday 21 August 2017 on the Promoter’s social media platforms (which may include, but is not limited to, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
  • Three finalists will be selected from each country Category from the semi-finalists by a panel appointed by the Promoter. Finalists will be judged on dish composition, taste, execution of techniques and for the X-Factor of the dish. The finalists will be announced on Monday 18 September 2017 via a press release and on the Promoter’s social media platforms.
  • All three finalists from each country category will receive a place on the Ōra King Chefs Tour in Japan over 15 October to 21 October  2017 (the Tour). The Tour will be off the tourist trail and will take finalists behind the doors of exclusive Japanese restaurants, and will include (subject to availability):
    • Following Ora King through its lifecycle in Japan;
    • Exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market;
    • Meeting Knife makers and ceramicists;
    • Exploring Toyko’s night markets and street food;
    • Visiting Japan’s oldest traditional organic soy, miso and pickle factory;
    • Sake and whiskey tasting;
    • Exploring temples and Japanese culture;
    • A stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan in an outlying region of Tokyo;
    • Mt Fuji; and
    • A traditional tea house experience.
  • Finalists in the New Zealand, Australian and North American categories will also receive, as part of their Tour package, return economy flights to Tokyo from their closest international airport, airport transfers in Japan, accommodation, entertainment, meals and transfers during the six nights of the Tour. Unless explicitly stated in these Terms, finalists will be responsible for all costs associated with their participation in this Contest, which may include but is not limited to, their travel insurance, passports, visas, transfers to and from international airports, spending money, gratuities, and any other costs of a personal nature. Compliance with any health or other government requirements is the responsibility of the finalist.
  • There are six prizes in this Contest:
    • Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand (only open to Eligible Entrants in the New Zealand category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish Australia (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Australian category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish North America (only open to Eligible Entrants in the North American category);
    • Best Ōra King Dish Japan (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Japanese category);
    • Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand (only open to Eligible Entrants in the New Zealand category); and
    • Best Ōra King Ambassador International (only open to Eligible Entrants in the Australian, North American and Japanese categories).

The winners will be announced during the Tour at the Ōra King Awards Lunch held in Japan on 17 October 2017 and will be publicised in a press release, on the Promoter’s website and social media platforms. The winners will also be publicised on Chefs Roll’s website www.chefsroll.com.

  • The winner of the Best Ōra King Dish Japan will receive, as part of their prize, a five day culinary tour of New Zealand in early 2018 to see the home of Ōra King salmon. This will include return economy flights to New Zealand from their closest international airport, airport transfers in New Zealand and four nights’ accommodation in New Zealand (subject to availability).
  • In the event that an ineligible Entrant is selected as a finalist or the Promoter are unable to contact a finalist within three days of their selection, having made reasonable attempts to do so, the Promoter may deem that finalist’s entry invalid.
  • Entrants in the New Zealand, Australian and North American categories must be able to attend the Tour to be eligible to receive a finalist place in this Contest.
  • By entering this Contest, Entrants agree to the Promoter’s use of their names, photographs, likeness, and their submitted dish and recipe for Contest and advertising purposes. Entrants grant the Promoter a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence and right to edit, publish, use, adapt their entry dish and recipe for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, permission or notification. Entrants irrevocably consent to the Promoter doing or omitting to do something with respect to the entry dish or recipe which would otherwise be an infringement of the Entrant’s moral rights in those items and the Entrant otherwise waives all rights of paternity, integrity, disclosure and withdrawal and any other rights that may be known as or referred to as “moral rights”, “droit moral” or the like that he or she may have with respect to the entry dish or recipe.
  • The Tour and prizes are not transferrable, changeable or redeemable for cash.
  • As the Tour involves travel and activities, the finalists may be required to sign additional documentation, such as a waiver and indemnity in a form provided by the Promoter. It is up to the finalist to ensure that they are able to participate in the Tour and have or can obtain necessary travel documentation (failure to do so will mean that the finalist will forfeit the prize and no compensation will be payable).
  • The Promoter may disallow entries in its absolute discretion and without giving reasons.
  • The Promoter may, at any time, verify the validity of claims and determine the eligibility of Entrants (including an Entrant’s identity and professional status) and disqualify any entry or refuse to award a prize or a Tour where false or misleading details have been given by an Entrant, or where an Entrant has behaved in a fraudulent or dishonest manner, or otherwise than in accordance with these Terms or the spirit of the Contest.
  • Entrants agree to comply with all reasonable directions of the Promoter and any prize or Tour suppliers. Entrants agree that they will not do anything that could bring the Promoter, their brands or their products into disrepute.
  • Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  • All decisions made by the Promoter, its employees or agents are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • In the event the Contest cannot operate as anticipated, the Promoter may, where reasonably necessary, amend, suspend or cancel any aspect of the Contest (including any prize, these Terms, or aspect of the Tour) in its sole discretion. No compensation will be payable to any Entrant or finalist.
  • Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter excludes all liability for any costs, expenses, losses and damages suffered or incurred by the Entrant, including any liability for personal injury or death or loss of business opportunity or liability due to negligence of the Promoter or its personnel, whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in connection with these Terms or the conduct of the Contest (including, without limitation, in connection with, participation in the Contest by the Entrant; the Prize; the Tour; the unavailability of any Prize; any tax liability incurred by the Entrant; or any variation in the value of the Prize or the Tour).
  • The Promoter will collect and hold personal information provided by Entrants for the purposes of this Contest. Failure to provide requested personal information may disqualify a person from being able to receive a prize or the Tour. All personal information provided by Entrants will be held by the Promoter and may be disclosed to third parties including agents, contractors, service providers, suppliers and regulatory authorities (if required) in New Zealand, Australia or Japan. Under the Privacy Act 1993 (NZ) and the Privacy Act 1988 (AUS), Entrants have the right to access and correct any such personal information. Entrants may access and request correction of any of their personal information held by the Promoter by sending an email to contact@orakingsalmon.co.nz.
  • This Contest and these Terms will be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand. Entrants irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of New Zealand with respect to any legal action, suit or proceeding or any other matter arising out of or in connection with this Contest and/or these Terms.
  • If a translation of these Terms conflicts with the English version of the Terms, the English version shall prevail.

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The finalists for the Best Ōra King Dish Australia are:

Makoto Tokuyama

Cocoro, Auckland

Japanese Map: Ora King salmon deconstruction sushi

Marc Soper

Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston

Japanese inspired Ōra King Salmon served with bone broth

Mark McAllister

Welcome Eatery, Auckland

King of Diamonds