September 26, 2008

Top Artisans Sought

CUISINE magazine is on the hunt for Taranaki's food heroes to be recognised in the inaugural Cuisine Artisan Awards 2009, in association with wine label Selaks Founder's Reserve.

The newly established Cuisine Artisan Awards will acknowledge New Zealand's best artisan food and beverage producers. Artisan producers are craftspeople who apply their skills to making handmade or individually crafted products, generally on a small scale and often according to traditional practices.

Bakers, olive oil producers, chutney and jam preservers, charcuterie experts and boutique brewers are popping up around the country and Cuisine felt it was time they were recognised. New Zealand is a country that is renowned for the exceptional quality of our fresh produce -- fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood and dairy.

To qualify, the artisans must be producing food or beverages on a small scale with an annual turnover of less than $5 million as of June 30, 2008. Product categories include dairy, preserves and condiments; oils such as olive, avocado or walnut; honey; mustards; seafood; meat; baked goods; speciality chocolates; drinks; fruit juices; and boutique beer.

A panel of experts will judge the nominees and 10 winners, including a supreme winner, will be announced in the March issue of Cuisine.

To nominate a Taranaki artisan, send an email naming the company and the specific product or products you think should be entered to [email protected] before November 30.

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