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Great Toastie Judging Underway


udging has commenced in the The Great NZ Toastie Takeover following the closure of entries on April 30 and hundreds of eateries will feature the time honoured favourite on their menus from May 13 to June 30 in order for the judging to take place. Competition finalists will be announced on July 1 and the supreme winner will be revealed on July 30. The competition is back for a fourth year – and this time it cast the net even wider in the hunt for the country’s supreme toasted sandwich. The popular competition has previously followed an invite-only format but 2021 is the year organisers Cook & Nelson and McClure’s Pickles decided to see what the rest of the country can do. The competition is now open to all New Zealand eateries, whether they’re cafes, bistros, hotel eateries, food trucks or hole-in-the-wall nooks. There are, of course, a few competition rules. Each toastie creation must be sandwiched between two slices of bread and able to be eaten by hand if necessary. The toasted sandwich must also contain cheese and some tasty morsels from the McClure’s Pickles range. Everything else is up to the toastie maker’s imagination. Each entry must be on the establishment’s menu for the full duration of the competition (May 13 to June 30) and be available to customers during lunch hours. Like previous years, each toastie will be scored on a set criteria, including presentation, effectiveness of preparation technique, eatability, taste, innovation, and originality.

A group of approximately 30 judges will be casting their eyes (and taste buds) over this year’s entrants. Those judges will be split across the following regions, with eateries from each area going through to the final: • Auckland / Northland (as far south as the Bombay hills) • Hamilton/Waikato, Thames/Coromandel, Tauranga/Rotorua/BOP • Central – Taupō /Napier Central North Island, New Plymouth and Whanganui/Taranaki • Wellington Region – north to Wairarapa and Palmerston North and east to Gisborne  • Nelson and Blenheim south to include Christchurch and West Coast as far south as Greymouth • Remainder of South Island to include Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill All finalists will receive a case or pail of McClure’s pickles and $300 worth of dine-in vouchers which will be given away to locals via social media. The competition’s grand toastmaster will then visit the finalists incognito to sample the entries and liaise with McClure’s Pickles cofounder Joe McClure and head judge Kerry Tyack to determine New Zealand’s top toastie for 2021. The supreme winner will walk away with a year’s worth of pickles, $500 worth of dine-in vouchers, a toastie trophy and, most importantly, bragging rights to the best toasted sandwich in the country. n


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