Best NZ King Salmon

NZ Food Writers members Lauraine Jacobs and Anna King Shahab awarded Harbourside’s Thomas Barta the Best Ōra King Dish for New Zealand last month.

The Ōra’s, as they’re known, have been held for the past three years and are designed to showcase NZ King Salmon’s premium farmed Ōra King salmon, which is pitched at restaurants and chefs. “Thomas Barta’s dish was sensational,” says Lauraine. “He really showed respect for our oceans by including a wide selection of delicious local seafoods and seaweeds, all napped by a perfectly executed bouillabaisse consommé.”

Ōra King also named New York-based New Zealand chef Matt Lambert as its Best Ōra King Ambassador International. Lambert founded Michelin-starred restaurant The Musket Room in New York in 2013 and Ōra King salmon has long featured on his menus. Along with Lambert, South African-born Nick Honeyman took the award for Best Ōra King Ambassador New Zealand.

Ōra King spokesperson Jemma McCowan says Lambert was a worthy ambassador who has collaborated with Ōra King on countless occasions throughout the past year. “Matt is always keen to work with Ōra King and often approaches us to ask what we can do together. It is no secret he is proud of his Kiwi roots and loves nothing more than showcasing produce from his homeland. Matt is quick to promote Ōra King to his peers in both New Zealand and the United States; he truly is part of the Ōra King family.”