Plate of Origin is a national competition that showcases New Zealand’s greatest restaurants, chefs and products, run by Central Economic Development Agency in association with Cuisine.

Plate of Origin is an annual competition showcasing the best food from across New Zealand. Hosted in Manawatu, seven local restaurants are partnered up with seven of the best restaurants from around the country. Each partnership creates one main dish, highlighting two key ingredients to represent their partner restaurant’s region and Manawatu-Whanganui. Plate of Origin 2018 is run in association with Cuisine, the magazine for New Zealand foodies.

All dishes were available on the Manawatu restaurants’ menus for two weeks from 3 – 17 March for diners to experience, as part of the New Zealand AgriFood Week 2018. Stay tuned for 2019… 


The 2018 Plate of Origin 2018 competition will be judged by Kelli Brett and Mark Smith, both well respected in the food and hospitality industry. The winning restaurants and chefs will  feature in  May 2018 edition of Cuisine.


No one knows food and the people who grow it, produce it and cook it like Kelli Brett. An award-winning food journalist and broadcaster, Kelli is part owner of New Zealand’s iconic and much- loved food and wine magazine Cuisine and National Food Editor for Fairfax NZ.

Kelli brings to the Plate of Origin table a vast knowledge of food and a fierce dedication to promoting local ingredients and regional food communities.


Mark was employed by UCOL as head chef of Ambitions training restaurant in 2001 after working in various restaurants and also owning a business in the food industry. In 2006 Mark became a chef lecturer where he found teaching was his passion.

Mark has been involved with culinary competitions for over 16 years, where he first competed in many events, but now enjoys passing on his experience in training selected students to compete in many food competitions around New Zealand including the prestigious Toque d’Or cooking event.


Click on your region to find out more about the restaurants, chefs and Plate of Origin dishes.

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