The five 2014 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chefs have been announced.
Chosen from the 164 recipients of the 2014 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award, the selected chefs represent some of the top performers amongst the Award holders.
Each of the five chefs dished up one course of a beef and lamb degustation menu yesterday to a table of 20 media personnel.
The five chefs are: Ben Batterbury, True South Dining Room at the Rees Hotel, Queenstown; Scott Kennedy, Nero Restaurant, Palmerston North; Mikey Newlands, Bracu, Auckland; Ryan Tattersall, Cobar Restaurant, Wellington; and Darren Wright, Chillingworth Road, Christchurch.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc chief executive, Rod Slater, says this year there has been a real emphasis put on these chefs.
“To us they’ve always been rockstars in their own right, but we thought there was space to really celebrate their success in a much larger way.
“That is what today’s lunch is about, showing the media just how good these guys are and how proud we are to be associated with them,” says Slater.
Each of the chefs will work with Beef + Lamb New Zealand over the course of the year at cooking demonstrations nationwide.
2014 will also see the launch of the Ambassador Chef Series which will see a special ticketed event held in each of the chefs’ restaurants across the year.