NZChefs have announced that New Zealand’s national hospitality championship event the National Salon, will be back again in 2016. This year’s National Salon will run from Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July alongside The Auckland Food Show at the Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds.

The Salon will feature competitions ranging from the hotly contested Nestle Toque d’Or to the ever popular Curry Cup, Kiwi Kids Can Cook and Barista, Bartending and Bed Making classes as well as Open Culinary events.

An important change for this year is the requirement for all entrants in the “of the Year” competitions to compete in a regional qualifying round to earn their spot in the National Finals in Auckland. Regional qualifying competitions will be held for the following titles; Chef of the Year, Commis Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Barista of the Year, Service Person of the Year, Bartender of the Year, Cocktail Champion of the Year, Kiwi Kids Can Cook, and the College Challenge.

Details of the “Of the Year” qualifying round competitions and Open Classes, will beavailable on the NZCHefs website

New to the Salon this year is Rookie Cook of the Year for under 25’s, as well as the High Tea class, The People’s Choice Best Banger Competition and an old school Gueridon Service event.