Comp Final – Season #2 Autumn

Our second Local Table Cooking Competition season has wrapped, and the day was a truly wonderful celebration of great local foods, creativity, and community. Well done and thank you to everyone who participated, you all made it such a fantastic day!

Massive thanks to Paekakariki local businesses: The Beach Road DeliThe Perching Parrot Cafe, The Beach Store, Finn’s Hotel, and to Pete Mackie, all of whom contributed so generously to our lush prize pool. Our special thanks to Sean and Tuatara Brewery for all their support – we love that you support the Local Table and really ‘get’ what we are doing!

Our photographers on the day Jason Dykes & Cory Hope - looking like they should do a comedy act!

Our photographers on the day Jason Dykes & Cory Hope – looking like they should do a comedy act!

Behind the scenes, and on the day we have a super support crew. Thank you to our awesome judging team Earl Zapf -chef, former Paekakariki resident and food entrepreneur, and to honorary Paekakarikian Kath Irvine -our green fingered expert from the Edible Backyard. We can’t imagine a better or more competent duo! Holly Andrews you’re such a star – we couldn’t do without you! Anna Butterfield & baby for bringing us the seed swap, Rebecca Thomson and her mum Dorothy for doing such a sterling job on our registrations table – what a difference you two made! Jason Dykes and Cory Hope so great to have you guys photo documenting the day, and to Jan Nisbet and Graeme Tuckett thank you for helping out with the pack-down, right when we really needed it!

Our fabulous judges Kath Irvine & Earl Zapf sampling Jane Buchanan's devine Honey Mead from her 1989 vintage

Judges Kath Irvine & Earl Zapf sampling Jane Buchanan’s devine Honey Mead – 1989 vintage.

The dishes and people who turned up on the day really delighted us. We had the pleasure of sampling homegrown chicken soup, roasted figs, curry, super delish salsas, kingfish with a dukkah crust, venison & field mushroom stew, meringue, poached pears, and blue cornchips – now they were a really special moment!

Our Junior sections were a real highlight for us, the youngsters seem to have raised the bar with their creativity, and the entires we saw were both complex and exciting – with many surprising by opting to create savory dishes.

This season saw people getting into a wider variety of cooking styles with entries into previously untested categories including Baking, Condiments, Sauces & Cheeses, and several in Desserts (we had just one in the first season).

So, without further ado… the winners of the Autumn Local Table Season #2 are:

Maia Gasson with her yummy looking ‘Passionfruit Iceblocks’.

1st place: Louis Stringfellow
Dish: Poached Pears with Lemongrass & Honey Cream

10 – 17 YEAR OLDS
1st place: Rosa Lee, Olive Stringfellow & Milena Nixon “Team Egghead”
Dish: “Squash Head” Buttery Spaghetti Squash with Curd Cheese Basil Pesto

2nd place: Milena Nixon
Dish: Spicy Walnut & Banana-passionfruit Cookies



Special mention for processing: Maia Gasson                                                           Dish: Palak Paneer with Pumpkin                                                                                     (Maia handmade paneer cheese, sour cream, and sea salt – top effort!)

BAKING                                                                                                                               1st place: Nicky Walker                                                                                                   Dish: Walnut Rosemary Crackers with Herb Butter

Sandra Timmins, plating up her 'Bean There Herb That' dip in the Condiments category.

Sandra Timmins, plating up her ‘Bean There Herb That’ dip in the Condiments category.

CONDIMENTS, SAUCES & CHEESES                                   1st place: Sandra Timmins      Dish: “Bean There, Herb That” (Bean Dip with Lemon, Chili, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic & Basil)

2nd place: Catherine Joe        Dish: Set of Three                          (1. Thai Basil & Feijoa Dressing, 2. Radish & Coriander Salsa, 3. Walnut & Parsley Pesto)


Nicky and Tina plating up their Mains/Savory Dish entries.

Nicky and Tina plating up their Mains/Savory Dish entries.

MAIN COURSE/SAVORY DISHES             1st place: Tina Pope                                   Dish: Beans with Blue Corn-chips & Tomatillo Salsa Verde

2nd place: Sylvia Bagnall                            Dish: Mussels on a Bed of Mixed Greens with Potatoes & Herb Butter

SPECIAL HUNTING PRIZE                     Stefan Hope                                                    For being the guy behind both the Kingfish and Venison entires!



1st place: Jane Buchanan (second year running!)                                                        Drink: Honey Mead -from 1989!

Sue Hurst getting her ‘Rødgrød with Yakon Yoghurt’ ready to present to the judges.

1st place equal: Sue Hurst
Dish: Rødgrød with Yakon Yoghurt

1st place equal: Nicky Walker
Dish: Honey Semi Freddo with Baked Figs, Honey & Walnuts.






Local Table prize-giving

Local Table Season #2 Autumn prize-giving. Congratulations everyone!


Congratulations to all who participated, it is so interesting and exciting to see how this project is growing with each new season. Thanks from the Local Table Crew!

5 thoughts on “Comp Final – Season #2 Autumn

  1. Would love some recipes- how do you use yacon as sweetener? rodgrod, bean dip, corn chips, walnut crackers…..Congratulations to everyone who entered let alone prize winners

  2. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and would recommend it to anyone vaguely considering entering in the future. Yakon as a sweetener? You grate the tubers, then squeeze the moisture out of the mush, boil it up until – OMG it turns into a thick, sweet brown syrup – truly magical!

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