Mentor talent-of-the-future chefs revealed for Feast event

by | Aug 12, 2022 | News

Aotearoa’s talent of the future will work alongside industry legends in Sous chef role, in a showcase of upcoming culinary style and talent.

Auckland’s Feast 2022 is billed as a sumptuous foodie event that celebrates all that is great about our industry – people, food and hospitality.  The event incorporates a three-course fine dining dinner, canapes, wine and live entertainment, marking the end of the Restaurant Association’s three-day Hospitality Summit.

Feast is a dining experience that also spotlights emerging talent within the industry, matching them with some of our established industry legends, say event organisers.

Unlike previous years at Feast, with famous chefs taking the lead, this time they will work with and mentor some of Aotearoa’s young up-and-coming chefs to produce an amazing experience showcasing the talent bubbling up in our industry.

Organisers says they’ll be announcing up-and-coming chefs over the coming weeks but this week have revealed their mentor chefs. They are some of the top names in the industry and are joining Feast to make an unforgettable event.

So far the lineup includes:

  • Helen Turnbull from 50-50, a modern New Zealand restaurant combining local produce and global flavours on the Kapiti Coast.
  • Michael Meredith from Mr. Morris, a restaurant of Michael Meredith, located in Britomart.
  • Kyle Street from Culprit, where the menu is described as ‘new American’ and seasonal small plates are served Yum Cha style.
  • Darren Wright, Lumina Lamb Ambassador Chef
  • Anna Polyviou | TV Host, Pastry Rebel and DJ


Recognising industry leaders and contributors

At each Feast there is acknowledgement of one outstanding individual who is a major contributor to the industry through their business and the hospitality community as a whole, awarding them Hall of Fame recognition. The record of previous people admitted is impressive and stretches back to 1992. Past winners have included Tony Astle, Judith Tabron, Simon Gault, Michael Van de Elzen, Steve Logan and Ruth Pretty. Who will be next to take the crown?

Help an up-and-comer get a free ticket

Tables of ten purchased enable a young up and comer in the industry to attend Feast for free and experience the event first hand, which is the organiser’s way of giving back and helping our community to grow. What better way to end our three-day Hospitality Summit than with a sumptuous Feast that celebrates all that is great about our industry – people, food and great hospitality.

The only thing left to do now is to get your team together, book a table and get glammed up for what promises to be a stellar night.

Feast is to be held on 20 September in the Genesis Lounge at the Trusts Arena, Henderson.




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