Scott Buckler, head chef at No. 31 Restaurant, Hanmer Springs has been announced as a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef for 2019. His appointment follows the announcement of the 173 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award holders for 2019, with Scott selected as one of the highest rated chefs during the assessments.
Scott Buckler, originally from the South West of England, has been in working in kitchens for almost 15 years: “It’s a huge honour to have been chosen to be an ambassador for Beef + Lamb New Zealand. What I love about cooking with Kiwi beef and lamb is that you can source as local as ‘the farmer down the road’. It enables you to give customers an insight into your dish, and, as a chef, pride in where your produce comes from.”
The four other chefs selected for the coveted roles are; Freddie Ponder (Table Restaurant, New Plymouth), Jarrod McGregor (Rothko at Sculptureum, Matakana), Andrew May (Amayjen the Restaurant, Feilding) and Pablo Tacchini (Cucina, Oamaru).
The Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs’ roll of honour looks like a who’s who of Kiwi culinary trailblazers, with the quintet following in the footsteps of some of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs. Peter Gordon, Ben Bayley, Sid Sahrawat, Kate Fay and Rex Morgan are just a few of Aotearoa’s finest that have featured in an ambassadorial capacity for Beef + Lamb New Zealand over the 23 years of the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards.
Lisa Moloney has been Food Service Manager for Beef + Lamb New Zealand for over 12 years, overseeing the Ambassador Chef programme. Lisa said: “This year’s ambassadors have been selected not just because they are fantastic chefs, they were identified because of their creativity, dedication and excitement for cooking with beef and lamb.
“Their purpose is simple; to inspire a network of likeminded chefs to move forward, try something new and showcase what amazing creations are possible with beef and lamb.”
Kiwi food fanatics looking to sample the very best Scott and the other ambassadors have to offer will be able to attend a Series Dinner, hosted at each of the chef’s restaurant, with each chef being paired with a Platinum Ambassador Chef to create a unique beef and lamb dining experience.
For more information on these events and the 2019 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chefs please visit www.nzexcellenceawards.co.nz.