What’s On has teamed up with Taste New Zealand to give one lucky reader a gift bag full of the finest produce and goodies for the land of Lord of the Rings.

As well as this bumper bag of prizes, the reader will get two exclusive tickets to the Taste New Zealand chef competition taking place on April 26 at Park Hyatt Dubai. The competition pits 10 of the UAE’s best chefs against each other, with a New Zealand-themed awards night to follow.

New Zealand Trade Commissioner Steve Jones said that the calibre of chefs in this year’s competition has been impressive: “Deciding on the 10 finalists [25 had originally featured] was a tough task as each entrant used the ingredients specified to create a high quality and original recipe submission. The 10 finalists are some of the finest chefs in the UAE and we are excited to see what they create at the final cook-off on 26 April to showcase New Zealand ingredients at their best.”

The 10 finalists are: Jackson Chandranathan, Comms II, Rhodes 44, St Regis Abu Dhabi; David Dalhaus, Sous Chef, Pierchic; Johannes Hansen, Chef de Partie, JW Marriot Marquis; Emily Herbert, Executive Chef, Ultra Brasserie; Sakeer Hussain, Jr Sous Chef, Pax Italian Restaurant, Dusit Thani; Etienne Karner, Executive Sous Chef, Park Hyatt Dubai; Prabakaran Manickam, Area Head Chef, Food Fund International; Muhammad Raees, Junior Sous Chef, St Regis Saadiyat Island; Mohd Rene Bin Mohd Johari, Sous Chef, Rib Room, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

The judging panel for this year’s event includes Reif Othman, Executive Chef at ZUMA; Robin Padgett, Senior Vice President of Aircraft Catering at Emirates Airline; Michael Kitts, Director of Culinary Arts at Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; celebrity chef Andy Campbell; Samantha Wood, founder of the ‘FooDiva’ blog; Jessie Kirkness Parker, food writer and consultant; and Steve Jones, New Zealand Trade Commissioner.

For more information on the competition, click here.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill in the form below before midday Sunday April 20.

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