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New Zealand's 50 Most Inspiring Women in Food & Drink 2024

At a lunch to celebrate New Zealand’s TOP 50 most influential & inspiring women in food & drink, Nadia Lim was awarded the title of SUPREME WOMAN IN FOOD & DRINK 2024.

Hosted at Auckland's Park Hyatt by Cuisine editor, Kelli Brett, and with a backdrop of the Viaduct Harbour, 180 guests savoured fine wines and great food as the awards were announced.

This award recognises Nadia’s authentic voice within New Zealand’s food-and-drink sector, along with her mana and wide-spread respect for what she has achieved.

Founded by Kelli Brett, editor of Cuisine magazine, Women in Food & Drink New Zealand serves as a new platform to connect women working within the diverse layers of food & drink across New Zealand with the goal to create a network to support, educate and celebrate ideas and knowledge.

Nadia commented: Back 12 years ago, I had to fumble my way through and I would definitely have benefitted from gaining advice and guidance from such a network as this.

Aroha Jakicevich of Glengarry Wines was awarded the Emerging Woman in Food and Drink 2024. Glengarry Wines was founded in 1940 and now has 18 stores around New Zealand. Aroha is the new generation now working in their dynamic family business.

Hall of Fame 2024

Annabel Langbein, a true pioneer of New Zealand’s food scene, has written and published numerous articles, cookbooks and tv shows and  since the 1980s.

Fleur Sullivan from Otago has been a chef, restaurateur, and activist all her life even investing in her own boat and fishing quota to supply her restaurant in Moeraki.

Dame Alison Holst, whose cookbooks over 70 years, made cooking accessible and affordable to many home cooks. You can learn more about Alison's legacy here in a recent article by the Spinoff.

I was honoured to be included on this list for a second time in 2024.

Celia Hay

March 2024

Find our more about the Awards

Evolving Woman in Food & Drink 2024 - What will our conversations around food and drink look like in the future? This award goes to a woman whose voice we expect to hear a lot more of in the coming years.

Hall of Fame 2024 - With this award we recognise our pioneers who have greatly influenced the way we look at food and drink and paved the way for us to continue their legacy.

Global Ambassador 2024 - This award recognises an international voice in the telling our food-and-drink story.

Supreme Woman in Food & Drink 2024 - Recognising an authentic voice within the New Zealand food-and-drink industry that has wide reach, authority and respect, and demonstrates the capacity to effect change.

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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