Published May-June Issue, from the editor
We all have a story and I would just like to say,
"Brian, thank you for being part of ours”.
There are a few noteworthy happenings you’ll need to take away from this month’s issue of Plate:
The NZChefs Conference and AGM to be held in Palmerston North is fast approaching (7–9 July), and the team organising this year’s event have a great line up planned.
Invited guest speakers are from the ‘International Culinary Studio’, ‘Whitaker’s’ Sarah Brough in addition to Brewer Thomas Gough. Included is a Mix and Mingle cocktail event, tours of Massey University, FoodHQ, Masseys Micro Brewery and of course ‘Tour De Manawatu’. Chef Demos, expo and the ‘Provenance’ Dinner hosted at the Silk’s Lounge (plus more). At a member’s cost of $245.00 (Non- Members $295.00) this is great value over the three-day event. Registration is available via the NZCA website.
Next, we have the NZ Hospitality Championship looming. The competition team have pulled off somewhat of a coup here, as I’m sure you all should now be aware of the exciting new venue, Trusts Arena in Henderson. The Trusts Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility with plenty of free parking, easy access and only 15 minutes from the CBD. This year will also see the inclusion of a few new features. The NZHC Trade Expo and Inspire+ the Restaurant and Café’s Famers Market, the ‘Yes Chef’ Demo Kitchen, PITCHme, and a seminar series. The Nestle Toque d’Or dinner is also being held on site this year.
A lot of time and effort goes into events such as these, but of course none would be possible without the ongoing support of the sponsors, which brings me to ‘Brian Davies’. If you haven’t heard, you will no doubt see in this issue, Brian is retiring after a considerable tenure at Moffat. Brian and Moffat have been an avid (key) supporter and sponsor of the Association for many years. I won’t go into the details of his 50 odd year career or his 30 plus years at Moffat barring to say he has undoubtedly played a big part in the industry.
I’m cant recall what I was doing 30 years ago, but 3 decades ago we were about to see the introduction of what was to become a long standing culinary event - Nestlé Toque d’Or now in its 29th year, partners Hyam Hart and Roger Fewtrell’s idea for Southern Hospitality Ltd was about to spring into life. Tom and Duncan Bates were busy turning their new farming concept into Akaroa Salmon. Vegfed NZ (vegetables.co.nz) had already been established for a few years, promoting the importance of vegetables in your health and well-being.
It would be another 10 years before we saw industry heavy weight’s Fonterra, or Meat and Wool NZ (the precursor to Beef + Lamb NZ) established, or Bidfood acquire Crean Foodservice to establish themselves as a specialist foodservice distributor in New Zealand.
We all have a story and I would just like to say to all our sponsors and Brian,” thank you for being part of ours”.
If you would like to become a sponsor of the NZ Hospitality Championships or exhibit at the Expo, and the NZChefs story, contact Janine at the National Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor - NZChefs Plate