Winner of the New Zealand Chef of the Year 2014

William Mordido dish
William Mordido cooked potatoes, golden beetroot, tomatoes, black garlic and rhubarb to win the New Zealand Chef of the Year 2014 title. [Menu below] supported this prestigious competition that took place during the New Zealand Culinary Fare held at the Vodafone Event Centre 17-19 August. Leading chefs from all of New Zealand competed, creating great dishes featuring New Zealand grown vegetables.

The chefs competed in three individual competitions and the chef with the largest number of points won this coveted title. The classes were: A hot entrée and main which is presented cold, a main and dessert live class, and a theory test which showcased their knowledge as a leading New Zealand chef.

The judges for the New Zealand Chef of the year 2014 were: Head Judge Mark Wylie, General Manager, Cater Plus; Alan Brown, Senior Chef Lecturer, AUT; Jeremy Schmid, Chef, The Officers’ Mess, Devonport.

Congratulations William, and best wishes for the next stages of your career.

William's menu:

Pan seared salmon with yuzu pickled pear, served with violet potato mash, brassica pine nut ‘cous cous’ with golden beetroot halo, watermelon radish salsa, pea puree, torched cherry tomatoes and black garlic aioli

Red wine poached and caramelised rhubarb with vanilla Greek yoghurt and freeze dried white chocolate mousse, almond Sponge, strawberry yoghurt sorbet and chocolate ganache