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Recognising New Zealand Women in Food and Drinks

What a gathering to celebrate International Women's Day and the vision of Cuisine Magazine editor Kelli Brett to celebrate inspiring and influential women in New Zealand’s Food and Drinks sector.
With a luncheon of 240, mostly women, at Soul Bar and Bistro in the Viaduct, Auckland applauded the achievements of 50 women as well as the Hall of Fame 2023 with six notable women nominees. I was fortunate to be included in the list of 50. 

Kelli Brett and the team from Cuisine Magazine of Tracey Whitney, Ginny Grant, Fiona Lascelles, Fiona Smith and Sarah Meikle from Wellington on a Plate.

Kelli Brett's goal is to build a new network; Women in Food & Drink Aotearoa New Zealand to connect women in food and drink across the country, to educate, support and share ideas and knowledge.

Hall of Fame Nominees
* Dame Alison Holst
* Julie Dalzell - founder of Cuisine Magazine
* Lois Daish - chef, restaurateur, food writer
* Fleur Sullivan - chef, restaurateur
* Katherine Rich - NZ Food and Grocery Council
* Judith Tabron - chef, restaurateur
Lois Daish was the successful nominee appointed to the Hall of Fame. Read more here.

At the table - Vanessa from Cuisine Magazine, Fleur Sullivan (standing), Plabita Florence from Forest Restaurant, Julie Dalzell, founder of Cuisine Magazine (1987), Siobhan Wilson of The Ned Wine, Samantha White, Tabitha Harris and Rachel Taulelei from Oho Consulting.

Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga // Ngāti Rārua // Ngāti Koata) with Kelli Brett of Cuisine Magazine.

Supreme Woman in Food & Drink 2023 was awarded to Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga // Ngāti Rārua // Ngāti Koata) of Oho // Business and Brand Strategy
Evolving Woman in Food & Drink 2023 was Awarded to Plabvita Florence of Forest Restaurant.

Celia Hay, Charlotte Read, Marketing Director of New Zealand Wine Growers, Catherine Bell of Garden Trust, Candice Chow, wine writer.

Judith Tabron with Nicola Richards, Vicky Roberts and friends

Marisa Bidois with Nicola Waldren and Sara Beillard of Restaurant Association of New Zealand, Becky Erwood, Karen and Louise Hearn.

Suzanne Slocombe and the Negociants team of Linda Kruger, Rebekah and Rianne Walker.

Executive Chef Gavin Doyle with Geeling Ching, Bailey Mullin and the team from Soul Bar and Bistro

Read the full list here of Cusine's mose influential and inspiring women.

Celia Hay, March 2023

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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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