Meet the Finalists for the Beef + Lamb NZ Young Ambassador Chef Award

Beef + Lamb New Zealand have announced three talented young chefs as finalists for their upcoming Young Ambassador Chef competition.

Ashley Knudsen from No.7 Balmac in Dunedin, Lyall Minhinnick from Fleurs Place in Moeraki and Sam Heaven from The Park Hyatt Hotel in Auckland beat out sixteen other young contenders to be named as the finalists.

“We were overwhelmed with the great response from young chefs around New Zealand," commented Beef + Lamb Foodservice Manager, Lisa Moloney.

“Their creativity and the attention to detail they all put into their dishes was very impressive and I have no doubt the future of our chef industry is in very good hands.”

The three finalists will come together next month for a live cook-off where their dishes will be judged by the 2021 Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs; Tejas Nikam from Paddock to Plate in Hamilton, Norka Mella Munoz from Mangapapa Hotel in Hawkes Bay, Jack Crosti from Mela Restaurant in Auckland and Phil Clark from Phil’s Kitchen in Auckland.

Norka Mella Munoz said she is really looking forward to meeting the three finalists and seeing what new ideas these contestants will bring to the table.

“It’s wonderful to see new talent coming through into the industry. I can’t wait to taste their dishes.”

The final will be held at Peter Gordon’s new restaurant and cooking school, Homeland, on Monday, March 22nd.

To read more about the finalists and see the dishes they submitted please click here.