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Sun 27 Jun 2010, 12:00pm

Where: Forum North, Rust Ave, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Collective Concepts

The 2010 Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards will be held on 27th June at Forum North. In its 4th year, The Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards are about recognizing the standard and achievements of those in our region who strive to be the best.

Tickets on sale 1st of June 2010. The Emcee for this event will be Will Johnston, the cheekier half of the legendary Classic Hits Northland breakfast duo Will & Jax.

The Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards are the ultimate awards of industry excellence in hospitality recognizing the following categories:

• Radio Network Outstanding Northland Winery of the Year
• Kerikeri Party Hire Northland Food & Beverage Supplier of the Year
• Nestle Northland Professional Caterer of the Year
• Antipodes Northland Service Person of the Year
• Bidvest Northland Cafe of the Year
• HSI Northland Secondary Schools Recognition of Training
• Penguin Wholesalers Northland Restaurant Manager/Maitre'd of the Year
• Regal Salmon Northland Innovative Chef of the Year
• HSI Northland Hospitality Ambassador of the Year
• Pernod Ricard (NZ) Northland Restaurant of the Year *NEW*
• Kingfisher Products Northland Gastro Pub of the Year *NEW*

Voting is open for all categories and will close at 5pm on Friday 4th of June 2010.
Visit and place your vote for each of the categories. Voting is only open to the hospitality industry and each vote will only be counted once.

Preparing the “little dishes” of Spain for the Tapas style lunch will be six top Northland based Chefs:
• Owen Sinclair – Killer Prawn, Whangarei and 2009 Northland Innovative Chef of the Year
• Megan Anderson – Current student at Culinary Institute of NZ and awarded 2009 Young Chef of the Year Scholarship
• Anita Jakich – Neat Eats Catering Northland and 2009 Northland Caterer of the Year
• Colin Ashton – Food @ Wharepuke, Kerikeri
• Brenton Lowe – a Deco, Whangarei
• Debbie Stowe - Nectar Cafe, Whangarei and 2009 Northland Cafe of the Year

Background - Matariki Hospitality Industry Awards
The Awards are run and managed by ‘Northland Chefs’ who form the newest and youngest branch of the New Zealand Chefs Association. They are a non-profit organisation, gifting profits back in to the industry by supporting local initiatives that help promote the growth of the future of their industry. An example of this is the $4000 scholarship given away to a young school student looking to further their career in Hospitality.
The awards were given the name ‘Matariki’ (eyes of god) as it symbolises the Maori New Year (and new beginnings) and fits in with the "Northland Chefs" ethos of promoting new Chefs, service people and new (Northland) products.
Members of "Northland Chefs" use their incredible passion and creative energies to benchmark, promote and lift the profile of the Northland hospitality industry to the wider national community.

For further information about the Matariki Hospitality Industry awards please contact:
Media and Communications for Northland Chefs
C/- Kate Claydon - Collective Concepts Ltd or 021 0292 7171

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