Judging coordinator Kerry Tyack

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Head judge Kerry Tyack and his son Oliver Tyack.

Sixty-two entrants from Kerikeri to Queenstown were narrowed down to 12 finalists, who were re-judged by Kerry Tyack and Tony Adcock, both well-respected critics in the food and beverage industry and experienced judges in national food competitions.

Judging is now under way, with our panel of more than 40 experts, led by acclaimed food and restaurant commentator Kerry Tyack, weaving their way through cities and regions throughout the country.

Michael Meredith and awards head judge Kerry Tyack.

Author: Kerry Tyack
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland Publishers, 1999.
Edition/Format:  Print book : English

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It is a labour-intensive dish, "a mini degustation on a plate", says McLean, as he places the components, and it was carefully designed to woo judges in the latest round of the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards. It succeeded. Mat McLean, owner-chef of Hamilton's Palate restaurant, took the title of Best Lamb Dish this month with his Assiette of Lamb, his entry being described by head judge Kerry Tyack as "a plate close to perfection".