Beef + Lamb New Zealand has announced its five Ambassador Chefs for 2019 to act as figureheads to drive innovation and creativity within the foodservice sector. The appointments follow the announcement of the 173 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award holders for 2019, with the ambassadors selected from some of the highest rated restaurants during the assessments.
The five selected for the coveted roles are; Andrew May (Amayjen the Restaurant, Feilding) Freddie Ponder (Tables Restaurant, New Plymouth), Jarrod McGregor (Rothko at Sculptureum, Matakana), Pablo Tacchini (Cucina, Oamaru) and Scott Buckler (No. 31 Restaurant, Hanmer Springs).
The Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs’ roll of honour looks like a who’s who of Kiwi culinary trailblazers, with the quintet following in the footsteps of some of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs. Peter Gordon, Ben Bayley, Sid Sahrawat, Kate Fay and Rex Morgan are just a few of Aotearoa’s finest that have featured in an ambassadorial capacity for Beef + Lamb New Zealand over the 23 years of the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards.
Freddie Ponder, Head Chef at Tables Restaurant in New Plymouth, is returning to the ambassadorial role for a second year. Freddie said: “You only have to look at some of the high-profile names that have been Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs over the years to know what an honour it is.
“I was stoked to be asked last year, so to get another call up is awesome. What I really enjoyed about the experience was meeting and connecting with other chefs, seeing their enthusiasm and sharing ideas.”
Lisa Moloney has been food service manager for B+LNZ for over 12 years, overseeing the Ambassador Chef programme. She says: “This year’s ambassadors have been selected not just because they are fantastic chefs, they were identified because of their creativity, dedication and excitement for cooking with beef and lamb.
“Their purpose is simple; to inspire a network of like-minded chefs to move forward, try something new and showcase what amazing creations are possible with beef and lamb.”
Kiwi food fanatics looking to sample the very best the ambassadors have to offer will be able to attend an Ambassador Series Dinner, hosted at each of the chef’s restaurant, with each chef being paired with a Platinum Ambassador Chef to create a unique beef and lamb dining experience.
You can get a taste of the Ambassadors’ skills here.
For more information on these events and the 2019 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chefs please visit nzexcellenceawards.co.nz.