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.
Our Judges this year:
Rosemary Sloman, Tui Keenan from Maori TV's Hunting with Tui, Hughie Blues, Jo Mcleod and Laurissa Cooney.
PRE-REGISTER BEFORE 25 OCTOBER 2020 AND RECEIVE A GOODY BAG,
COURTESY OF OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS
GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON!
Cooking competition times
Registrations open at 1.00 pm
Kids challenge from 1.00 pm to 3:30 pm
Adults & Young Adults challenge from 1.00pm and 4:00 pm
Mystery Box Challenge (1) 4.00pm - 4.45pm
Prizegiving 5:00 pm
Entries are all judged by the same criteria and then judges work out a winner for each category. You do not need to enter a particular category to win. All prizes, excluding Runner Up in 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 intermediate Grand Prize
Children’s Runner up (5-12 years) Best Children's Grand Prize
Adults Runner Up - (18+)
Children have an extra chance to win this year, read on...
Local Wild Food Challenge
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 Auckland on 8th November 2020. 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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