Plate of Origin a winner
Manawatu chefs are once again firing up their stoves for Plate of Origin.
The annual culinary competition pits 10 pairs of chefs against each other in a showcase of premium produce and ingredients from around New Zealand.
The pairs for this year’s competition were announced last Thursday.
Each pair compete to create the best, most innovative dish, using two ‘‘hero export products’’ that showcases the region of each duo.
Chef Craig Robinson from Palmerston North’s Aberdeen on Broadway and chef Josh Barlow from The Grove in Auckland were the inaugural Plate of Origin winners last year with a dish that featured duck from Easterbrook Farms and peaches and kumara from Kumeu.
This year Aberdeen will partner with Otago restaurant Fleur’s Place, and The Grove has teamed up with Palmerston North’s Nosh.
Other local restaurants taking part are Amayjen, Bethany’s, Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen, La Patio, Nero’s, Rendezvous, Table 188, and The Fat Farmer.
Judge Kelli Brett, editor of Cuisine Magazine, said competition between the chefs was intense.
‘‘Add regional pride into the mix, and you’re on track to create the most beautiful dishes.
‘‘Going on what was delivered last year, I’m expecting to be inspired.’’
Plate of Origin is on during New Zealand Agri Investment Week, Tuesday March 14 to Saturday 18.
‘‘I'm expecting to be inspired.’’ Kelli Brett, editor of "Cuisine Magazine"
Aberdeen Restaurant’s Craig Robinson and Auckland’s The Grove chef Josh Barlow craft their 2016 Plate of Origin winning duck dish.