Auckland, September 8, 2018
Top chefs from New Zealand and Australia will meet at the end of this month in Auckland to face the challenge at the Australasian Tapas Competition.
The event will be held at Ignite Colleges’ state-of-the-art cookery school in Manukau, Auckland on September 29, 2018 at 9 am.
Ignite Colleges General Manager, NZ Chefs Auckland President Jasbir Kaur and Competition Organiser will launch the Competition.
Stated to be the first, the winner of the grand title will have a chance to represent Australasia in the prestigious World Tapas Competition to be held in Valladolid, Spain in November.
Competitors in the high-pressure cook-off will be asked to create five innovative portions of tapas in 25 minutes.
Dishes will be evaluated by a panel of top foodies including judges from Spain, Executive Chef of Cordis Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group, and an esteemed chef from Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company.
Leading chefs from Sky City, Sudima and Millennium Hotels have registered for the challenge, which is expected to draw ten contestants from both sides of the Tasman.
Ms Kaur said that the Competition is an exciting opportunity for New Zealand and Australian chefs, who will be challenged to push their culinary boundaries.
“The winner will have the chance to experience cutting-edge cuisine in Spain, the world capital of tapas – on an all-expenses paid trip,” she said.
Last year, Ms Kaur spent three months working at Michelin-starred Disfrutar in Barcelona, and was invited to compete in Valladolid’s 2017 World Tapas Competition, where she wowed judges with her smoked chocolate and buckwheat cracker with Horopito lamb and cardamom flan.
She impressed them so much that this year they asked her to find the best tapas Chef from Australia and New Zealand to represent Australasia in the 2018 event.
The winner of the upcoming Australasian competition will compete against 14 other tapas chefs from all around the world in Valladolid from November 5 to November 7, 2018, as the Spanish city plays host to the world’s biggest food cooking show which would also include the 14th National Pinchos and Tapas Competition, and the World Tapas Festival.
Jasbir Kaur at the World Tapas Competition 2017 held in Valladolid, Spain.