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“Kiwi Kids Can Cook” is sponsored by heats have taken place regionally and the grand finale to be held at Westfield Manukau, Sunday 11th August in the main foyer between 9am and 3 pm.

Pip Duncan, Education and Marketing Manager for, said that “ is encouraging kids to cook and eat healthy meals by including fresh New Zealand vegetables as a key component in this competition. Learning to cook a healthy meal is an invaluable life skill and these competitors are our culinary stars of the future. The dishes these young kids are cooking are skilful and creative and It’s wonderful to see the support they are receiving from their parents and whanau”.

The team promotes fresh New Zealand grown vegetables and is supported by New Zealand commercial vegetable growers.

The Regional finalists come from all over the country and although parents and caregivers can help with set-up and pack-up, once the clock starts ticking, the kids do everything else on their own.  The judges also watch each contestant in action to assess both knife and cookery skills.
 Contestants have a cooking time limit of 30 minutes and then present their creation on a plate. As per popular television cooking competitions, their plate is taken to the judges’ table where presentation and taste is evaluated.
“We at NZChefs Association hope that the NZHC will inspire them to teach others in their Communities about the value of healthy eating,” said Janine Quaid NZChefs Executive Officer.
These youngsters, (from 5 to 12 years old) will cook their favourite dish under tough, camp fire-like conditions (two gas burners and access to a microwave) compared with the professional Nestle Toque d’Or contestants who have 5 hours and state of the art equipment.


Ignite Colleges hosted the Auckland regional Kiwi Kids Can Cook heat on the 29th June.
With Chef's Tobias Wilkinson, Robert McDonald, Calvin Soo judging.

Senior Winners

Anaya Ashirita
Hussain Loubscher

Junior Winners

Haum Kim
Phoebe Lawson

Chatham Islands  

The Chatham Islands Heat took place on the 15th December 2018.
With Chef's Jax Hamilton and Bill Manson helped by Mayor Alfred Preece judging

Junior Winner

Valentine Kroon


Kiwi Kids Can Cook heat in Levin took place at the Taste Trail, Woodhaven Gardens on the 18th Novemeber 2018.
With Chef's Grant Kitchen, Hughie Blues judging.

Junior Winner

Zariah Wong

Senior Winner

Samara Wong


Venue South City Shoppig Malm hosted the CHristchurch heats on the 25th May.
With Chef's Stuart Goodalland Mark Sycamore judging.

Junior Winners


Senior Winners



North Street School hosted the Fielding heats 19th June.
With Chef's Grant Kitchen, Andy May and Ken Thonpson judging.

Junior Winner

Senior Winner


Dunedin heats took place at the Kiwi Home and Living Show on the 3rd of November 2018.
With Chef's Simon Gaultn and Brett McGregor judging.

Junior Winner

Scarlett Ingram

Senior Winner

Mia North


Waimati North P & I Show saw the Northland heats on the 10th November 2018.
With Chef's Grant Kitchen and Hughie Blues judging.

Junior Winner

Lola Doidge

Senior Winner

Rawiri Gabb


Taranaki heats were held at WITT New Plymouth on the 26th June.
With Chef's Grant Kitchen and Angela Ferguson judging.

Junior Winner

Taine Lock

Senior Winner

Eoin Ammundsen
Greer Lock
Who will be the 2019 Kiwi Kids Can Cook Champion ?
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