Hospitality Business July 2021

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GREAT TOASTIE CHALLENGE The Daily Goods – The Smokey Loaf

Oh What a Task! Judges Finalise NZ’s Top Toasties


he 12 finalists battling for bragging rights in this year’s Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover have been revealed – and they show the country has well and truly upped its toasted sandwich game. The finalists hail from Auckland (three), Tairua, Mount Maunganui, Hastings, Clareville, Wellington, Picton, Blenheim and Dunedin (two), and have been chosen from a pool of more than 120 delicious entries nationwide. Finalist eateries include an historic pub, brewery, restaurants, burger bar, bakery, food trucks and even a boutique hotel. Last year’s Supreme Winner from Dunedin’s Hungry Hobos is in the running for the title once again with their tantalising Sweet & Spicy Pulled Carrot toastie - but the competition is tough with a range of other carefully curated sandwiches also in the mix. Competition criteria required sandwiches to be toasted between two slices of bread and – like all respectable toasties – able to be eaten by hand. The toasties also needed to contain cheese and McClure’s Pickles, with all the other ingredients left entirely to the entrants’ imaginations – and imaginations they certainly had with vegetarian and vegan finalist entries in the mix and 20 JULY 2021 - HOSPITALITY BUSINESS

• Fire Restaurant (Mount Maunganui): White as Snow - Slow roasted, korma spiced merino lamb shoulder, McClure’s Spicy Pickle Spears, American cheese, curry leaf, kasoori, and spiced buffalo curd.

a variety of mouth-watering protein and flavour combinations, And the finalists are: AUCKLAND/ NORTHLAND • Churly’s Brew Pub (Mt Eden): Southern Swine - Smoked ham hock rillette, house made pimento cheese, McClure’s Sweet & Spicy Pickles, garlic aioli, zesty ranch dressing. Served with house made BBQ crisps. • The Daily Goods (Pukekohe): The Smoky Loaf - Bacon wrapped meatloaf, shaved and toasted with McClure’s pickles, three cheeses and smoked garlic mayo on sourdough. • The Occidental (Auckland CBD): “BRT” Beef Rendang Toastie Indonesian style rendang, Emmental cheese, McClure’s Sweet & Spicy Pickles, served on toasted brioche with prawn crackers. WAIKATO / BAY OF PLENTY / COROMANDEL / ROTORUA • Johnny’s Tairua (Tairua): Tairua Time - 100 grams NZ Wagyu beef, McClure’s Sweet & Spicy pickles, caramelised red onion, Swiss gruyere cheese, housemade Johnny mac sauce, Old Yella Habanero mustard on brioche bread.

CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND • Black Betty BBQ (Hastings): The Cornstar - Betty’s Jalapeño Cornbread toast with 8-hour smoked black Angus brisket, McClure’s Pickles, caramelised onion and cheddar sauce. Black Betty – The Cornstar

Toastie Picton – Pete From Picton

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