The people behind what we cook, eat and drink are the true drivers of the New Zealand food & drink story. The movers and shakers that have led their communities, inspiring and motivating the good people of their towns to step up, collaborate and get involved. So much work from so many passionate and dedicated visionaries has gone into making Hawke’s Bay into the amazing playground for foodies that it is today. Was there a secret ingredient in the mix for building New Zealand’s Food & Wine Country?

Meet six of the visionaries that have been nominated in our search for the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Legend and listen to their unique stories…

Jeremy Rameka – Chef and co-owner Pacifica Restaurant
Sam and Mary Orton – Founders of Orton’s Tailored Events & Cuisine
Sir Graeme Avery – Founder of Sileni Wines and the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market
Kate Radburnd – Owner and winemaker Radburnd Cellars
Kim Thorp – Communications, marketing and branding consultant & co-owner of Black Barn Vineyards

The winner will be announced at the opening night of the 10th Summer F.A.W.C! series this November.

Our food news for this episode is BIG! THE HATS ARE BACK! We announce American Express as our presenting partner for The Cuisine Good Food Awards 2021 and Rob Bourne, Country Manager New Zealand explains how important these awards are for the New Zealand hospitality industry.

Thank you to American Express and our very special supporting partners all of whom are equally invested in the promotion of New Zealand as a premium dining destination… Many MANY thanks to Antipodes, DeLonghi, ORA KING and PEAD… all eyes are on New Zealand and there is no better time to be telling the world about our deliciousness!