EAHM student, Anna Jentgen, won the Taste New Zealand Chef Competition. EAHM student, Anna Jentgen, won the Taste New Zealand Chef Competition.

Anna Jentgen, a student at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management has won the first Taste New Zealand Chef Competition which named her ‘Champion Chef’.

Jentgen, one of 10 finalists shortlisted from an original group of 60 chefs in the UAE, has scooped an all-expenses paid, two-week business and leisure trip to New Zealand.

The month-long competition was organised to promote New Zealand products to participating chefs, buyers, food service and retail industry managers.

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Commenting on Jentgen’s win, New Zealand consul general and trade commissioner, Steve Jones, said, “New Zealand’s natural advantages were clearly evident in Anna’s winning menu, which combined Maori Lakes lamb raised on abundant fresh, green pastures, and seafood sustainably harvested from the clear waters of the Pacific and Southern Oceans.”

Michael Kitts, director of culinary arts at Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; Reif Othman, executive chef at Zuma; Dubai One presenter, Tom Urquhart; food blogger, Samantha Wood; Luca Signoretti, executive chef at Roberto's; Steve Jones, New Zealand consul general and trade commissioner; and Uwe Micheel, president of Emirates Culinary Guild, judged the main courses prepared by finalists at the event.

The competition was supported by MMI, the Emirates Culinary Guild, Miele Gallery, the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, and Madinat Jumeirah.