Some of New Zealand’s finest chefs and leading food personalities will have the opportunity to travel to Japan this spring to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the annual Ōra King Awards, and they have less than a week to submit their entries. Awards finalists from NZ, Australia, North America and Japan will join the Ōra King team for an exclusive Chef’s Tour of Japan.

One of the most prestigious culinary highlights on the professional chef’s calendar, the Ōra King Awards recognises outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ōra King salmon, New Zealand King Salmon’s premium foodservice brand.

New to 2017, chefs from around the world are required to create their Best Ōra King dish with a Japanese twist. ‘Japanese twist’ is entirely down to the chef’s interpretation and it may be expressed through ingredients, techniques, presentation or simply inspiration.This year the Best Ōra King Dish award category has been expanded to include the Japanese market. The Ōra King Awards see chefs from New Zealand and around the world compete for one of six coveted titles. The full list of awards are:

  • Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand
  • Best Ōra King Ambassador International
  • Best Ōra King Dish New Zealand
  • Best Ōra King Dish Australia
  • Best Ōra King Dish North America
  • Best Ora King Dish Japan

Chefs are required to submit their entry via a short online form at, which captures information about the dish, such as the chef’s inspiration and techniques used, along with the requirement to submit an accompanying image. The information provided by the chef at this stage is used for initial judging to determine the semi-finalists.

Call for entries for the 2017 Ōra King Awards will remain open until 31 July. Terms and conditions for entry can be viewed on the Ōra King website.