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Battle of the Pans is back!


We are excited to announce the ServiceIQ Battle of the Pans is back for 2024: a fun, easy, cost-effective way for students to achieve credits and experience the hospitality competition environment while making connections with employers and industry. The Battle of the Pans is a series of regional competitions open to your Year 12/13 students.

This year, four regional competitions are running, and entry is free.

Battle of the Pans landscape

The in-school Battle of the Pans helps students experience the competition environment in a fun and non-threatening way, bringing a little of TV’s MasterChef into the classroom, but linked to learning and credit achievement. Students wanting to step up their game – but without going straight into the pressure cooker of a highly formal culinary competition – can enter one of the ServiceIQ Battle of the Pans regionals. 

This ServiceIQ initiative is supported by NZChefs, ensuring that it has industry relevancy. 

Gain skills and make connections 

Involvement with the Battle of the Pans will help students and teachers gain skills and competition experience, all while completing unit standard assessments, including the two Level 3 industry culinary competition unit standards that are available to schools (including our special combined package with assessment service): 

Standard 28106 – Demonstrate knowledge of preparing for a culinary arts and restaurant service competition 

Standard 28107 – Prepare, produce, and present a product or service for a culinary arts or restaurant service competition 

Just as important, it can connect schools with industry so that teachers learn and maintain industry skills, and students have a pathway to experience what a career in hospitality can be. 

Where will events be? 




Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland

Thursday, 13 June 2024

Rutherford College

Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington

Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Aotea College

Te Tai Poutini | West Coast

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Westland High School

Ōtākou | Otago

Friday, 21 June 2024

John McGlashan College

Your school?

Talk to us


  • Enter your students to join a Battle of the Pans regional competition HERE and email the form to:
  • Order the Culinary Arts package HERE (Unit Standards 28106 and 28107) 
  • Download the Regional Guide from HERE

Closing dates for entries

Entries close Friday, 10 May 2024.

Confirmation of class entry will only be made after entries have closed.

Competitor numbers and class/heat times will be emailed to you by ServiceIQ.


Do students have to compete in an in-school competition before they can enter one of the ServiceIQ Battle of the Pans regionals? 

No. We realise that not all schools will be able to hold their own in-school competition, so this initiative is completely flexible. You can run one (or more) in-school competitions only; run a competition and be involved in a regional event; or only be involved in a ServiceIQ Battle of the Pans regional competition; or any mix (for example, students unable to compete in your in-school competition can still enter a regional event – there are no pre-requisites).

Can I use my in-school Battle of the Pans for teaching and helping students gain unit standards and associated credits? 

Yes. The free guides include suggested classes within Live Kitchen and Static categories. Where there are relevant assessments (or, in some cases, learning materials) we will note these in that category/class, should you wish to take advantage of the opportunity. 

Battle of the Pans – Downloads

Click the links below to download:

Name Size Type
29756-Battle-of-the-Pans-Regional-Guide-Teachers-Judges-Ed3-Apr24.pdf 220 KB pdf
29759-Culinary-Arts-Resource-Order-Form-Ed2-Apr24-INTV.pdf 529 KB pdf
Battle-of-the-Pans-Student-Entry-Form-Ed3-Apr24-INTV.pdf 116 KB pdf