BLOG NEWS: 2012 NZ Vegetarian Dish Challenge – finalists announced

Congratulations to the 20 finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Vegetarian Dish Challenge

Andrew Clarke - Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton
Soft herb gnocchi, roasted vine tomatoes, beetroot puree, goat cheese polenta crusted cauliflower and walnut noisette

Bert van de Steeg - Cullens Restaurant, Hamilton
Cauliflower ‘risotto’, beetroot, Brussels sprouts and Parmesan, parsley sauce

Chai Seng Ong – LSG Skychef, Christchurch
Cabbage rolls on caponata with polenta cakes

Cherng-Hann Ma - AUT, Auckland
Marinated warm eggplant and tofu, beetroot mousse, pan fried bok choy, vanilla infused garlic and leek puree, sautéed green beans.

Elizabeth Ward – Arana College, Dunedin
Roast red capsicum and paprika strudel with walnut skordalia

Emma Wood - The Flying Cup, Christchurch
Seasonal roast vegetables, beans, spinach, feta, basil pesto topped with mustard greens and crispy onion rings

Eugene Sokolovski - Ribier Restaurant, Huapia
Jerusalem artichoke workshop

Grant Dicker - Mint Dining Room. Nelson
Kumara crumble with tomato jam and hazelnut crusted mozzarella

James Bailey – Whangamata Ocean Sports Club
Pumpkin and camembert doughnuts with beetroot relish

Jeremy Schmid - Two Fifteen, Auckland
Vegan and gluten free sausages with kumara mash, spinach and eggplant relish

Jinu Abraham - Heritage hotel, Auckland
Poached baby vegetables and macadamia cheese with olives, celeriac and candied walnuts

Marc Soper- Wellesley boutique Hotel, Wellington
Twice cooked beets and roasted shallot tart with minted spinach and poppy seed custard and fennel, apple and radish salad

Melanie James – The Gardens, Manurewa
Grilled eggplant wraps with pumpkin, feta and spinach filling and Senegalese sauce

Michael Newlands - Bracu, Bombay
Veloute of butternut, with goats cheese, smoked cherry tomatoes, herbs, vegetables and flowers (pictured above)

Nolan Murray- SkyCity Auckland
Citrus and tomato eggplant rolls

Rachel Stott - Hardy Kids Early Learning Centre, Nelson
Hardykids vegetarian lovers curry

Reg Turner - Song of Tui Lodge, Golden Bay
Reggie's radish soup

Sebastian Comerso – St. Moritz Hotel, Queenstown
Beetroot explosion

Tai Trong Nguyen - Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland
Ratatouille in braised pumpkin and celeriac with tomato sauce

Viv Heraud - Pipers Café, Matarangi
Courgette and pumpkin quiche

On behalf of a big thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations once again to the 20 finalists!

The winner will be announced in July.

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