2017 Cuisine Artisan Awards seek NZ's best food
Some of New Zealand's most discerning taste buds are in line to rate the best artisan products this country has to offer.
Three of the country's top chefs have joined Cuisine staff to create a team of nine to judge the ninth annual Cuisine Artisan Awards.
Each year the Cuisine Artisan Awards give food lovers an opportunity to discover the best the country has to offer, and the stories behind the people who craft them.
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Cuisine editor Kelli Brett says the tasting panel is an exciting line-up worthy of distinguishing the best in the country.
"This year we have New Zealand's top taste buds ready to judge, including Cuisine Good Food Awards three-hatted chefs Simon Wright from The French Café, Sid Sahrawat from Sidart and Cassia, and Michael Meredith from Merediths," she says.
Farro Fresh general manager Michal Haines and Marisco Vineyards sales and marketing manager Siobhan Wilson are also on the panel, and will be joined by Cuisine senior food writers Fiona Smith and Ginny Grant and deputy editor Alice Neville.
"Of course, I don't want to miss out on this magnificent tasting marathon," Brett says. "These products are shaping the national food culture and contributing to the future of New Zealand as a culinary hot spot."
The public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite artisan products once all entries are received.
Head judge Fiona Smith says the awards are always a highlight of the year. "It's so exciting to see all the amazing entries that come from passionate people all over the country."
The likes of Wellington Chocolate Factory, miso makers Urban Hippie and Ringawera bakery have taken out the supreme award in years past.
Cuisine senior food writer Ginny Grant says being a judge at the awards always introduces her to something new.
"What I love the most about the awards is seeing the tangible results that it brings to the makers themselves.
"It's a great launching platform for our artisans on a nationwide scale – the events they do together as part of the awards give them a chance to build relationships among the winners, comparing notes and offering advice."
Entries are now open until February 17 and Kiwis are urged to encourage their local artisan producers to enter.
- If you wish to read the form in full before entering, click here for an example.