Over the next few months, red meat will be the star on the menu as chefs compete in the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.

Currently, in their fourth year, the awards have seen over 200 entries from New Zealand’s best chefs and restaurants in the competition since its inception.

The awards provide the opportunity for New Zealand’s top chefs to showcase their talent and craft using the best quality red meat.

“We are excited about the growth of the Premier Selection Awards over the past few years and the positive feedback we have had from chefs, who tell us they enjoy the opportunity to create a new dish using Silver Fern Farms cuts,” said Sharon Angus, Silver Fern Farms general manager marketing.

The new categories introduced in 2015 will be maintained this year and include; Best Beef Dish, Best Lamb Dish, Best Venison Dish, Best Metropolitan Restaurant, and Best Regional Restaurant. The supreme winner will receive the title of Premier Master of Fine Cuisine.

“The awards give professional chefs an avenue to create a memorable taste experience for diners while also being recognised for their creativity and skills,” said Angus. “We want to provide them with the finest ingredients so they can harness their creativity and innovation to produce extraordinary results for diners.”

Invited chefs can enter online and find further information at