- New Zealand

- Graham Hawkes


- Area Advisors,Level A,Judge

- From 2008-07-01 To 2013-06-30
- From 2018-12-06 To 2023-12-05

1968 - 1974 Apprentice to the Invercargill Licensing Trust, stationed at the Grand Hotel
Also trained at the Kelvin Hotel and Don Lodge establishments
1974 - 1975 Various positions in Sydney, Australia, all experience
1975 - 1976 Head Chef, Hotel Ashburton, Ashburton, New Zealand
1976 - 1978 Head Chef, Don Lodge, Invercargill, New Zealand
1978 - 1980 Head Chef, Kelvin Hotel (2 restaurants), Invercargill, New Zealand
1980 - 1982 Executive Chef, Invercargill Licensing Trust stationed at Ascot Park Hotel
1982 - 1984 Head Chef, Avenue Motor Inn, Wanganui
1984 - 1987 General Manager, Levin Hotel, Levin
1987 - 1990 General Manager, Avenal Homestead Complex, Invercargill
1990 Owner/Operator Orchids Café, Invercargill
1992 Also purchased Donovan Restaurant, Owner/Operator and Chef, Invercargill, which in 2003 changed to Flannagans Seafood Restaurant
During a period of 1992-2009 the restaurant has become Southland’s most awarded and is well recognised throughout New Zealand
Currently still owner/operator of Flannagans Seafood Restaurant.
Also in partnership with sons in Sopranos Woodfired Pizzeria and Tiwai Smelter catering operations
1992 - 2009 Winner of the Prestigious Hallmark of Excellent Awards, each consecutive year it has been in operation
1974 Full member of New Zealand Chefs Association (youngest person ever to be admitted as a full member to the NZCA at that time)
1983 Competed to win place in New Zealand Culinary Team to compete in Culinary Olympics 1984 and competed with New Zealand team at the Culinary Olympics, Frankfurt, 1984
1985 Appointed to New Zealand Culinary Team to compete in the International Culinary Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada 1987 (WACS approved)
Team won gold in hot kitchen and silver in cold kitchen
1990 - 1994 National President, New Zealand Chefs Association (two full terms)
1995 Appointed to WACS working party
Further appointed as Secretary General late in 1995
1996 Appointed to WACS Board as Continental Director, Pacific Region
Appointed to WACS Culinary Committee
1995-2004 Co wrote Culinary Guidelines for Competitions within New Zealand
Ran several judging and competitor seminars throughout New Zealand
Assisted with judging seminars in Australia
2000 Appointed Honorary Life Member WACS
2002 Inaugural appointee Hospitality Association of New Zealand Personality of the Year Award
2007 Inaugural appointee to the New Zealand Chefs Hall of Fame
1996 - 2008 Secretary General WACS Culinary Committee
Judged in a variety of competitions including:
  • IKA 1996, Berlin
  • Luxemburg
  • Scot Hot, Scotland
  • Food & Hotel Asia, Singapore
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • China
  • Korea
  • Canada
Appointed WACS observer to several WACS approved Culinary Competitions including:
  • ScotHot
  • IKA Culinary Olypics
  • Culinary World Cup
  • Global Chefs Challenge
2004 Marked 25 years of Graham’s involvement at Executive Level of the New Zealand Chefs Association

Hawksy is a Chef of very high standards with a tremendous passion for his profession and devoted to further education of young, up and coming Chefs along with being prepared to assist in any way he can to increase the professionalism of his profession.


2008 WACS Global Chefs Challenge (WACS Observer) Dubai - UAE Hot Kitchen
2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 FHA Culinary Challenge Singapore Hot Kitchen & Cold Table
2001. 2005, 2007 ScotHot (WACs Observer 07) Scotland Hot Kitchen & Cold Table
1998, 2002, 2006 Culinary World Cup (WACS Observer 06) Luxembourg Hot Kitchen & Cold Table
1998, 2004 IKA (WACS Observer 04) Germany Hot Kitchen & Cold Table

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