New Zealand is preparing to make greater inroads into the culinary world with the announcement of NZChef’s new High Performance Squad. The squad, which includes some of the country’s elite and emerging chefs, including MacLean Fraser, Blake Haines, Ganesh Khedekar, Mark Sycamore, Greg Piner and Darren Wright.

“Three of the members – Darren, Mark and Ganesh – formed part of the medal winning team that competed at last year’s Culinary Olympics in Germany,” said NZChefs President Graham Hawkes. “They’ll be battling against the world’s top chefs who have huge financial backing at their disposal. Our Squad will be doing this purely for the love of it and the opportunity of showcasing New Zealand’s culinary prowess.”

Members of the squad will compete at the New Zealand Hospitality Championships in July 2017, before heading off to Guam to compete in the Hans Beuschkens World Junior Chefs Challenge, Global Chefs Challenge and Global Pastry Chef Challenge. All of this is part of preparations for the 2020 Culinary Olympics.