Welcome to the national competition to find New Zealand's favourite recipe. The competition was open to amateur home cooks of all ages to enter their best recipe and have the New Zealand public vote for their favourites. The competition closed 8 November, 2009.

Entrants competed in four categories: Baking & Desserts, Main Meals, Snacks & Light Meals, and Starters and Extras.

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Supported by Paul Jobin

 Well-known New Zealand food writer and chef, Paul Jobin, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Search for New Zealand’s Favourite Recipe.

Paul is passionate about food! He has won numerous culinary competitions and food awards, participated in a live radio food show, had recipes featured in magazines and has demonstrated cooking all over New Zealand.

He has made guest appearances on TV One Taste NZ Christmas Day Special and Food TV series - NZ on a Plate 1 & 2, Fisher & Paykel World Cooking Theatre Masterclass and presently on Food TV coaches April Ieremia on her cooking segments even I can cook and presents on Best of NZ. His first cookbook, A pinch of salt, was published in November 2008 by Harper Collins. It not only celebrates New Zealand iconic and modern foods but is a great read and has amazing tips for the passionate cook. Paul currently writes a weekly food column in the Detours Magazine, Herald on Sunday.

Paul is excited about the Search for New Zealand’s Favourite Recipe because he loves to share his knowledge on bringing out the best in food with people who love to cook.

“It’s great to see all the great Kiwi recipes that are bound to be shared with the whole country in the Search for New Zealand’s Favourite Recipe,” says Paul.

“I have so many great memories of enjoying food my grandma made when I was growing up that are still an inspiration to me in my cooking today.”  

“Every Kiwi home has got that folder or scrap book full of favourite home made recipes with a particular tasty twist or secret ingredient. These recipes have been used so many times you could almost lick the delicious, familiar flavours off the page!”

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