The Ōra’s were established in 2013 to recognize outstanding contributions from chefs working with Ōra King Salmon. This year, Ōra King is celebrating their five year anniversary by doing something extra special – taking the Ōra King Awards to Japan.
Awards finalists from New Zealand, Australia and North America will join the Ōra King team and the Japanese finalists for an exclusive Chef’s Tour of Japan.
They are on the hunt for the Best Ōra King salmon dish and in keeping with the Japanese theme, chefs are asked to show their Best Ōra King Dish with a Japanese twist.
Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as washoku – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured.
“When it comes to cuisine, Japan’s ancient food traditions are an inspiration to the relatively new, but evolving culinary scene in New Zealand and Australia,” says Jemma McCowan, NZ King Salmon’s GM of marketing.
“Since our launch in 2011, we’ve seen strong growth of Ōra King salmon in Japan’s high end foodservice category and look forward to giving our best chefs a money can’t buy experience in one of the most fascinating and multifaceted food cultures in the world”.
To win a place in the Japanese finals of the 2017 Ōra King Awards, chefs are required to create an innovative Ōra King dish with a ‘Japanese twist’. Chefs can choose to convey it through ingredients used, techniques, presentation or merely inspiration – it’s all about creative license.
For more information go to orakingsalmon.co.nz/oras