Kate Fay, Head Chef at Cibo Parnell, was last night recognised as a Beef and Lamb New Zealand Platinum Ambassador Chef, a prestigious lifetime award only extended to eight other chefs in the nation.
Fay is the first woman to gain this status, which recognises her outstanding achievements in the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards, having been named an Ambassador four times during her years of receiving the Award.
She joined Cibo Parnell in 1999, which coincided with the first time she was named Beef and Lamb Ambassador. Over time, her cooking style has evolved through travel and she has managed to capture a blend of Asian and European flavours bringing amazing tastes, colours and textures to the plate.
Last night, Fay hosted her Ambassador Series dinner where she served guests a degustation showcasing five of her iconic beef and lamb dishes. It was during the event that she was presented with her Platinum plate.
“Being the first women to receive this accolade is phenomenal. It is a huge privilege to represent Beef + Lamb New Zealand, an organisation that is pivotal to the food service industry. As a chef I am so lucky to work with top quality, local produce.
“I am always looking to raise the bar in terms of the innovation behind my dishes. I credit my kitchen team for this, we have been together for quite some time now and I enjoy opening up the task of writing the menu so that we are all involved. I think this is key to driving creativity.
Highlighting one of the reasons Fay is so influential with New Zealand beef and lamb was her choice of dishes such as her iconic lamb neck sausage roll, made with lamb ribs, pea and mint gel.
Fay joins the nine top chefs selected to be B+LNZ Platinum Ambassador Chefs after achieving B+LNZ Ambassador status on a number occasions. Her fellow Platinum Ambassadors are: Stephen Barry, Mount Bistro, Mt Manganui; Shaun Clouston, Logan Brown, Wellington; Michael Coughlin, Brand Ambassador for Provenance Meat Co, Dunedin; Scott Kennedy, Nero Restaurant, Palmerston North; Brenton Low, Whangarei; Mat McLean, Palate Restaurant, Hamilton; Rex Morgan, Boulcott Street Bistro, Wellington; and Darren Wright, Chillingworth Road, Christchurch.
For more information on the Beef and Lamb Platinum Ambassadors or 2018 Ambassador Chefs visit nzexcellenceawards.co.nz.