Makoto is truly a leader in the New Zealand foodservice industry, not only for his sublime cuisine skills but also his attitude to collaboration, partnerships and championing the finest produce.
Makoto won the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand in 2013 and was shortlisted as a finalist for Best Ōra King Ambassador in 2014 and 2015 before taking out this award in 2017.
Makoto Tokuyama, Head Chef and Owner, Cocoro, Auckland, New Zealand
Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand, 2017
A New Zealand native who splits his time between Sydney and New York City, Jason Roberts is an internationally known chef, author, television personality, brand ambassador, fitness enthusiast, and gluten-free lifestyle advocate. Jason was an Ōra King Mentor for the NextGen programme in 2016 and takes Ōra King salmon with him wherever he goes.
Jason Roberts, Founder Chefscycle.org, No Kid Hungry Advocate
Best Ōra King Ambassador Australia, 2017
Mike Ellis began working with Ōra King in 2012. He has since been a strong and loyal advocate for the brand, featuring Ōra King salmon on his menus across California and Washington including the Penthouse Club in San Francisco, and in his current position as Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, D.C.
Mike Ellis, Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington D.C
Best Ōra King Ambassador North America, 2017
Executive Chef and F&B Manager at the One80° Restaurant, Copthorne Hotel, Wellington. Chetan started his chef career in 5 star hotels of Bangalore and New Delhi before moving to New Zealand in 2002. Chetan was a NextGen mentor in 2016 and is a passionate supporter of the Ōra King brand.
Chetan Pangam, One80° Restaurant, Wellington
Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand, 2016
Elijah Holland won the Best Ōra King Dish International award in 2015 while Head Chef at The Powder Keg in Sydney. Elijah is a self-proclaimed forager with a passion for horticulture and is part-owner of three farms across the state of NSW.
Most recently Elijah has relocated to Foshan in China to oversee the opening of modern Australia eatery The Locksmith.
Elijah Holland, The Powder Keg, Sydney
Best Ōra King Ambassador International, 2016
A new Ambassador award, Te Pūkenga Matua, was created for Matt Lambert, a three-time consecutive winner of the Best Ōra King Ambassador International award. Matt is the founder of Michelin New York City restaurant, The Musket Room.
His menu consistently features Ōra King dishes and he shows a dedication to including the best New Zealand ingredients in his many industry projects.