Chefs invited to cook up best lamb dishes for Lumina Challenge 2023


Chefs from across the UK and Ireland are being invited to submit their most exciting lamb recipes for a chance to scoop the top accolade at the Lumina Challenge 2023, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand.

Professional chefs of all levels can enter their recipes via the Lumina website, with images of the chosen dish also required to be shared on Instagram using the hashtags #LuminaChallenge2023, #LuminaLamb and #PinnacleofTaste for a chance to win.

Helping to pick the top 20 recipes will be a panel of industry-renowned experts, including head judge Matt Owens, chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and development chef for Alliance; Mark Reynolds, executive head chef at Tottenham Hotspur FC and vice-chair of Craft Guild of Chefs; Ioannis Grammenos, executive chef at Heliot Steakhouse and the world’s first meatologist; and Kerth Gumbs, previous banquet finalist on Great British Menu and newest judge/co-host of MasterChef Juniors.

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The judging panel will consider the presentation, innovation and creativity of each recipe, as well as the use of ingredients, taste, flavour and texture, with the judges looking for chefs to showcase the quality of Lumina’s fully free-range New Zealand grass-fed lamb.

A two-stage semi-final will see finalists join the judges at a champagne and canapes networking event at Alliance HQ in February 2023, where they will receive samples of the Lumina product, learn more about the brand and speak directly with a Lumina farmer in New Zealand.

Semi-finalists will then be asked to submit a short video about what makes Lumina lamb stand out from the competition, their recipe and what makes their dish so special.

The judges will then select just eight chefs to move on to the live final, which will take place at Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC) on 20 March next year.

A one-hour live final will see contestants produce four dishes, with the winner announced in an award ceremony hosted exclusively at Chef HQ – the HRC hub for Chef’s Magazine.

Head judge Mr Owens said: “Lumina is recognised globally for the world’s best and most succulent lamb – carefully curating the highest standard of excellence and care throughout the entire journey from farm to plate.

“This year’s challenge will invite chefs of all levels to match these high standards, let their creative juices flow and showcase their culinary skills and creativity to produce something both delicious and surprising.

“We’re excited to take the final to HRC 2023 for the first time, creating an exciting live final that will put our finalists through their paces, and treat attendees to an exciting display of culinary excellence.”

The winner of the Lumina Challenge 2023 will win an all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand in 2023, and be inducted into the Lumina Ambassador programme, joining the likes of Andrianos Poulis, Lee Ladislav Poustevnik, John Skotidas, and the Lumina Challenge judging panel.

Their adventure to New Zealand will include a visit to Lumina Farms, a chance to try the product on premium menus in the country’s best restaurants, a chance to cook alongside the best Lumina chefs from around the world, and an opportunity to experience the local culture and lifestyle.

The Lumina Challenge will open for entries from 1 December this year until 16 January next year.

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