New Salon Director appointed

The Restaurant Association has appointed Pip Duncan to the role of Salon Director for The 2014 New Zealand Culinary Fare.

Marisa Bidois, Chief Executive of the Restaurant Association said, "Pip has specialised in working in the Hospitality and Food Service Industries for a number of years and brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise. We are lucky to have secured such a seasoned professional for the role and this adds to the excitement of the 2014 New Zealand and Regional Culinary Fares."

Pip is familiar with the role of Salon Director for the New Zealand Culinary Fare as she held the role previously for three years. She was also the event manager for the Nestle Toque d'Or for 11 years, held at the New Zealand Culinary Fare.

Pip holds the Unit Standard 2156 and in 2006 became a World Association of Chefs Societies [WACS] category B judge. She has judged at  international competitions in Australia, Fiji, Singapore, and Hotel Olympia. In New Zealand she has judged at several World Junior Chef Competitions and Gourmet Pacific Challenges.

With Murray Dick and Graham Hawkes, she was an originating author of the Culinary Arts Guidelines, and with Yvonne Townsend established the Judges Unit standard. Pip is also the co-author of two text books used in Australia and New Zealand Universities.