How the challenge works
The challenge is to get outside and hunt, gather, forage, grow or fish for local wild food and create a unique dish or beverage to enter for judging on the day.
1. Source your wild ingredients
Dive, fish, forage, hunt, barter, gather.
More effort = More points.
More local ingredients = More points.
Shuck, slice, marinate, chop, smoke, bake, grill, ferment, pickle, distil, brew.
More creativity and unique flavour = More points.
3. Tell us about it
Write a story about your dish - what happened on your culinary adventure? Ingredients? Inspiration?
4. Present your dish and story for judging
Our panel of guest judges will judge your entry based on effort, taste, ingredients and presentation; each marked out of ten.
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GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON!
Cooking competition times
Registrations open 2.00 pm
Kids challenge starts 2.00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adults & Young Adults challenge starts 2.00pm - 6:00 pm
Mystery Box Challenge starts 6.15pm
Prizegiving starts 7.15pm
Entries are all judged by the same criteria and then judges find winners for each category. You do not need to enter a particular category to win. All prizes, (excluding 2nd / prize runner up for each age group) are open to all ages across the challenge:
The prize pool is open to everyone who registers and has their dish judged on event day:
Grand Prize (Open entry)
Best Kai Māori (Open entry)
Best from the water (Open entry)
Best from the forest and land (Open entry)
Best use of local Ingredients (Open Entry)
Hemingway Award - Best Story (Open entry)
Caroline Johnstone award - most intriguing (Open entry)
Wildest ingredient (Open entry)
Runner up prizes (2nd Place) are specific to each group, as follows:
Young Adults (13-17 years) (Best Youth Intermediate) - Highly Commended Prize
Children’s (5-12 years) (Best Kid) - Highly Commended Prize
Adults 18+ (Highly Commended Prize)
Children have extra categories and chances to win:
Local Wild Food Challenge Categories
Best Group entry
Children's Best effort
Children's Best story
Kiwi Kids Can Cook Challenge
This year we are very excited to announce an extra opportunity. Children under 12 can win a chance to represent Whakatane at the Kiwi Kids Can Cook competition in 2023. To be eligible for the Kiwi Kids Can Cook competition the entered dish must be a savory entry that uses three fresh NZ vegetables and is prepared & cooked during the event.
Note: The same dish can be entered in both Kiwi Kids Can Cook & Local Wild Food Challenge for a chance to win twice!.
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