Congratulations to Kiwi chef Sam Heaven

Sam Heaven

Kiwi chef Sam Heaven has proven again he's a champion in the kitchen. This time he won the annual Nestlé Golden Chefs Hat Awards fending off 9 other chefs from Australia and New Zealand. He is a past winner of the vegetables.co.nz sponsored National Secondary School Culinary Challenge [NSSCC]. He has also represented New Zealand Chefs in Moscow.
 
Sam who works at the Park Hyatt in Auckland blitzed the competition with a minimalist menu comprising an entrée of salt baked onion, reconstructed chicken and butternut tart followed by a sour pear, umami caramel and CHEF Black Garlic Paste dessert.
 
In a year like no other, a top 10 line-up of young chef talent from across New Zealand and Australia battled it out in a virtual grand final cook off held across both countries to find the overall winner.
 
Representing New Zealand were Sam Heaven and Jamie Jackson from Christchurch who went head-to-head with top culinary talent from Australia. Sam and Jamie represented the North and South Islands of New Zealand respectively, while the Australian competitors were selected from each state.
 
They competed under pressure in commercial kitchens creating the menus they had specially designed for the event. Two NZChefs judges or Australian Culinary Federation were onsite to taste their food. At the same time, the competitors’ efforts in the kitchen were beamed live across a virtual platform to a team of judges who watched and scored their skills and techniques.
 
Sam who takes away a cash prize of AUD$10,000 says he is elated with the win. “This caps off an incredibly challenging time not only for me but for all the other young chefs across New Zealand and Australia who have had to deal with such difficult times. To achieve success in this event I had to park all the stresses of job issues and lockdowns, and forge ahead with an end game in mind of winning.”

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Watch Sam in the NSSCC video - go to this page and scroll down.

Sam video