The Central Branch of the NZ Chefs Association conference is proud to be able to bring the biannual National Chefs Conference to Palmerston North in 2019.

NZ Chefs Association Central Branch President Damian Peeti says that the credit for having such a strong bid was the endorsement of the Palmerston North City Council along with collaborative partners Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), FoodHQ, UCOL and the local branch committee.

“We are excited that we will be able to showcase our region to the rest of the country,” says Mr Peeti. “The tastes of the nation will converge on Manawatu to discuss and embrace the culinary and food innovation concepts. The conference will embrace food science, development and technologies through to education, distribution and industry – change is underway to meet the increasing diversity of consumers’ preferences,” says Mr Peeti.

The Central Branch of the New Zealand Chefs Association represents the regions of Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Horowhenua, Kapiti and Whanganui.

“What better location to host the conference than Palmerston North. The southern hemisphere’s home of food innovation – learn with us, explore the flavours of Manawatu, and add your input on how we should approach the dining experience now and into the future.”