DESPITE the short lead-up time for NZChefs to put the National Salon package together, the event turned out to be a major success, but there are already greater plans for next year according to salon director Grant Kitchen.

Speaking at a “thank-you” event for sponsors this month, there had been major trade support for this industry promotion. It attracted over 500 competitors, over 4000 plates were created and because of the interest, there had been a 43% increase in the organisation’s membership.

The 2016 event is planned to be more marketable and attract a high level of visitors with an innovative programme. With a longer planning time, he said it would be a revitalized event and would create a fresh pathway for competitors. Already a number of key sponsors have signed up.