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Ōra King has unveiled the theme for the seventh annual Ōra King Awards and is inviting New Zealand’s leading chefs to enter this prestigious global awards programme. This year’s theme, Sustain, challenges chefs to draw on their own sustainability story and communicate this in their Ōra King dish.

The Ōra King Awards (The Ōra’s) recognises chefs’ innovation, imagination and technique. Chefs work with Ōra King salmon, New Zealand King Salmon’s premium foodservice brand, in a competition of creativity and craft to win one of four titles and the esteem of the global network of chefs.

New Zealand King Salmon Marketing Manager Foodservice Anne-Marie Friis explains the meaning behind this year’s theme, Sustain.

"We believe that the New Zealand food industry has the potential to be a positive force for change. Sustainability is pivotal to Ōra King. This year’s theme lets chefs creatively demonstrate their personal sustainability journey.

"All our Ōra King chefs will be at a different stage of their sustainability journey. We are firm believers this is a journey the world is on together and we can’t wait to see how the chefs communicate their different sustainability story in their dishes," she says.

This year’s semi-finalists will be judged by leading New Zealand chef, Geoff Scott, and leading food writer and restaurant critic, Lauraine Jacobs.

Lauraine Jacobs says, "I could not be more delighted with the chosen theme, Sustain, for this year’s Ōra King Awards. I have observed sustainability becoming one of the most important values guiding thoughtful chefs and restaurateurs in their work, and it is also increasingly significant to conscientious diners who want to know that the food choices they make when eating out have been carefully chosen and delivered with the planet’s future in mind."

Entries for the Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand award are open now until July 31.

Alongside the New Zealand competition, chefs from North America, Australia and Japan will compete for the coveted titles of Best Ōra King Dish for their respective region.

Six New Zealand semi-finalists will be announced on August 12, with the three finalists announced on September 23. All local and international finalists will be flown to the Nelson and Marlborough region for a four day all-expenses paid celebration from 13 to 17 October, with the Ōra King Awards ceremony taking place on October 15.

Terms and conditions for entry to the Ōra King Awards are available on the Ōra King website -

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