Culinary Arts Development Trust

The Culinary Arts Development Trust (CADT) is a non-profit charitable trust formed in January 2015 by a trio of industry professionals to help expand the hospitality industry through competitions, events and community activities.

The CADT promotes the culinary arts in New Zealand as a career option for anyone interested in developing their professional experience through culinary competitions. Working with local councils, government bodies and communities, the CADT encourages, fosters and oversees New Zealand culinary talent and the creation of relationships within the industry, with an overall awareness on healthy eating.

The Trust is currently involved in two events: the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge (NSSCC), and the New Zealand Culinary Journey.

Check out Sam Heaven, past competitor in the NSSCC 


The NSSCC Online Regional Competition 2023 will open 12th June 2023 for schools to enter. 

May - 2023 Vegetable announced
May to June - Design, develop and construct your dishes
12th June - Online Entries open
30th June - Online entries Close
17th July - Regional Winners Announced 
23rd August - National Grand Final in Auckland (8 regional winners compete for the national title) 
24th August - New Zealand Culinary Journey in Auckland for all regional finalists and their teachers. 



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