Preparations for the Restaurant Associations 2014 NZ Culinary Fare and its associated events are well underway. In 2014 we will be serving up more innovations – new live competitions and demonstrations to inspire, with workshops and seminars to inform, a business hub and the welcome return of Feast.
| NEW VENUE |
The event this year has an exciting new home the Vodafone Events Centre. This Pacific-themed venue in Manukau, Auckland, just 15 minutes from the city, has a fantastic arena to host the culinary competitions, with extensive amphitheatre seating for spectators and supporters. There are multiple rooms to host our workshops and it boasts a 750 space carpark. This is a great new venue to host our event and sets the stage for some big changes.
| EVENT MANAGEMENT |
Pip Duncan has been appointed to the role of Salon Director for this years NZ Culinary Fare. Pip has specialised in working in the hospitality and foodservice industries for a number of years and we are lucky to have secured such a seasoned professional for the role. Pip is familiar with the role of Salon Director for the New Zealand Culinary Fare as she held the position previously for three years. She was also the event manager for the Nestle Toque dOr for eleven years, an event held at the New Zealand Culinary Fare.
Our other key appointments are Phil Neverman, Chief Judge Culinary Arts, with Peter Ray, Deputy Chief Judge; Herwig Lanzerstorfer, Chief Judge Restaurant Service and Sandi Eickhoff, Deputy Chief Judge.
We all know that to stay ahead in hospitality you need to continue to innovate. It is important to expand your skills, learn new techniques and strive for the highest standards. Participating in the NZ Culinary Fare or attending some of the workshops or demonstrations will help to inspire new ideas for your business. We look forward to bringing you more announcements soon!