We invite you to register for the third year of our TE MANA LAMB challenge in partnership with The Staff Canteen. This is a fantastic opportunity to show off your creativity and own cooking style to the industry.
TE MANA LAMB is one of the world’s finest lambs and is a result of an 11 years+ scientific research programme. Over 500 genetic lines were tested & Ram 211 stood out as he had a high level of intramuscular fat and Omega-3.
16 founding farmers were chosen to raise TE MANA LAMB in New Zealand’s iconic hill and high country on the South Island. Our TE MANA LAMB is free range & grass fed with naturally elevated levels of Omega-3 due to the unique combination of new breed, rearing location & conditions. Our TE MANA LAMB finish grazing on Chicory herb pastures for the last 30 days which helps produce higher levels of Omega-3.
Once the entry process has ended 25 chefs will then be chosen to compete in this year’s challenge based upon your dish name, dish description, method, & ingredients. All 25 chefs will then receive two samples of TE MANA LAMB chosen in your submission.
Once you have received your samples you will then have a week to come up with your most innovative lamb dish using our TE MANA LAMB as the main focus of your dish. You will need to send us two pictures, by Monday 3rd August 10:00am 2020. All pictures will then be uploaded online for the voting period which will run from Thursday 6th August 10:00am to Monday 17th August 10:00am.
All eight finalists will be the chefs with the highest amounts of votes from our online voting system. The eight finalists will then be invited to take part in the final which is a live cooking competition where a panel of independent chef judges will announce the winner and runners up that evening. You must be available on Monday 14th September 2020 for the final if you make it through.
The winner of the competition will be given a place on our Pure South Discovery Series 2021 (Flights and accommodation will be included) where you will have the opportunity to visit our farms, cook with our produce and discover New Zealand.
Ladislav (Lee) Poustevnik, head chef of Beales Gourmet was crowned winner of the 2019 TE MANA™ lamb challenge with his ‘Dish of the Habit’ (Duo of Lamb).
John Skotidas, head chef from Mazi restaurant was crowned the winner of the 2018 TE MANA™ lamb challenge with his Lamb fillet and shredded lamb shoulder with miso, aubergine and onions.
Please note, the competition closes at 5pm on Friday 31st July 2020
If you are interested in entering our challenge, then please fill out the form below. Once you have submitted your form you will receive a TE MANA LAMB Challenge 2020 information package with more detailed information regarding this year’s challenge.