Plating up meals became a military operation as a high quality lunch stretching over Sunday afternoon raised about $15,000 for charities Canteen Rotorua and Cure Kids.
The Chefs Association Degustation Charity Long Lunch was held at the Distinction Hotel with fourteen courses being produced by chefs from leading food establishments throughout Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty.
Chefs and wait staff turned out the meals in tiny proportions for the around 150 diners.
The charities involved were Canteen Rotorua and Cure Kids … and young singer Olien Ona touched hearts with a song about the impact cancer has had on her family.
Organiser Sjaack Roos, the North Island Group Executive Chef of Distinction Hotels, expressed his pleasure at how the event turned out and his gratitude for all concerned.
Tiffany Mitchell, the mum of Eva Mitchell who is a Cure Kids ambassador and suffers from gastro intestinal failure, says an event such as the Long Lunch is huge as any money donated all goes into research.
The meal voted the best by the diners was a beef dish prepared by the Millennium Hotel (chef – Stephen Lock) - “Affco pan seared beef fillet, creamed celeriac, baby vegetables finished with w/ Pino noir jus. (Pictured)
The runner up was a salmon dish from the Distinction Hotel Rotorua (chef Sjaack Roos) – NZ kind salmon fillet strudel, crisp puff pastry, garden fresh spinach tossed in pinenuts on pumpkin puree and butter sauce.