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Friday, February 03, 2012

Freebie Friday: Win a Marc Newson by Noritake 20-piece dinner set worth $595

Win a Marc Newson by Noritake 20-piece dinner set worth $595

Didn't everyone's mum or grandmother have a Noritake set in the sideboard? It was the fancy dinnerware that was only brought out for big occasions, creating a nightmare for whoever was on washing-up duty that night! But the good china made everything feel a little bit special, and surely dinner always tasted better?

It's been a while since I've run a Freebie Friday and the first one for 2012 is a twenty-piece Noritake dinner set worth $595! The set has been designed by Marc Newson, an Australian-born designer who was named in Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 Most Influential People in 2005. Newson's style is characterised by smooth flowing lines that often exclude sharp edges. His most famous piece is undoubtedly the 1988 Embryo Chair, an alarmingly sensual and seductive design at the time.

The sexy Marc Newson Noritake dinner set will be featured at a special six-course degustation at Blancharu, where each course will be served on one of the dinner set pieces. The dinner will run for two nights - 13 and 14 March 2012 commencing at 7pm. Tickets cost $70 per person - excluding drinks - and all attendees will score a pair of cup and saucers from the collection as a take-home gift. Book via Blancharu, 1/21 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay on Tel: (02) 9360 3555.

EDIT: More information on this event, including menu details, are available here.

If you can't get to the dinner, you can still recreate the experience at home as Noritake are giving away one dinner set to a lucky Grab Your Fork reader! And if you're worried about the washing up, this fine bone china is both microwave and dishwasher safe. Woohoo!

marc newson noritake dinner set


One Marc Newson by Noritake 20-piece dinner set.

Prize value: $595
Due to delivery limitations, this prize is open to readers based in Australia only.

All you have to do is fulfil the requirements below:

Option 1:
  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell us: Why do you want to win the Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set?
  2. And then send an email to grabyourforkfreebiefriday@yahoo.com.au with the subject heading "Noritake" and include your full name and a copy of your published comment from this post.
Option 2:
  1. Enter via the Grab Your Fork facebook fan page. Simply leave your answer on the event listing here.
The winning entry will be decided on honesty, creativity or entertainment value. Don't be shy! You've got to be in it to win it! Readers may submit multiple entries as long as each answer is different.

The Marc Newson by Noritake competition closes on Sunday 4 March 2012 at 9.30pm AEST. The winner will be announced on Grab Your Fork on Monday 5 March 2012.

This competition has now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries! The lucky winner has been announced here.

Related Grab Your Fork posts:
Blancharu, Elizabeth Bay
57 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 2/03/2012 12:05:00 am


  • At 2/03/2012 1:39 am, Blogger carollow said…

    Gong Xi Fa Cai :-) I just arrived in Melbourne and the rented apartment im in is nearly empty at the moment, and this exclusive dinner set will definitely a good start and addition.

  • At 2/03/2012 6:56 am, Blogger Two Tattoos said…

    Marc! Marc! You bright spark
    Your New Years' Eve fireworks in the dark
    Left me daring to dream
    Of strawberries and cream
    In Noritake with the Newson hallmark

  • At 2/03/2012 7:10 am, Anonymous Anna @ the shady pine said…

    I'll start by saying that 4 out of the 8 dinner plates in my setting right now are chipped and need replacing....but why replace them when they'll not be anywhere as sleek and gorgeous as this Noritake setting. I would jump for joy to have these come out for dinner at my place!

  • At 2/03/2012 9:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love entertaining, but my dinners are limited to small numbers as the the cutlery and crockery I have acquired only allows for 8 people to site around the table. I have done a two sitting dinner party once! It's time. I need a new set. A twenty piece will definitely get well used (all of it that is - I like to host large dinner parties!). Oh, Marc Newson by Noritake, you are heavenly. How I NEED thee...

  • At 2/03/2012 9:18 am, Anonymous Julianne Lever said…

    I love Noritake it is the finest dinner ware you can find. Unlike our mothers before us I wasn't lucky enough to recieve a set along with the side board. The lovely fresh white of the Noriaki plates is the perfest palate for the tasties, graceful food

  • At 2/03/2012 9:20 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just got back from 39 days travelling in South America which means 39 breakfasts, lunches and dinners eating delicious food in some of the most amazing restaurants. As a result of our dwindling bank balance (and the 4kgs I put on) we have embarked on a 60 day eat-in challenge. Eating off a Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set would definitely help us get through the next two months at home :-)

  • At 2/03/2012 9:28 am, Anonymous George Redmond said…

    Moving from New Zealand left me with no plates,
    I've been eating from plastic and scrounging mismatches from mates,
    I dream of eating from bone china, Noritake no less!
    Caviar and truffles, devoured off only the best!
    While the caviar and truffles may be a little bit much,
    Winning this plate set would be a wonderful touch!

  • At 2/03/2012 10:57 am, Anonymous Sneh | Cook Republic said…

    Happy New Year Helen! There are several reasons for wanting this set.

    1. Even with no food on it, it makes me salivate (which is just wrong, I know!)
    2. A beautiful white set like this would be my biggest food photography arsenal. Oh the photos I would shoot!!
    3. I do my dishes by hand, lovingly as a ritual. So you know they'll be in good hands :-)
    4. I might let my family eat off this set sometimes.

  • At 2/03/2012 11:00 am, Blogger Rockn said…

    With a crash and a splash, there goes another,
    All the food for the dog to devour,
    We started with 8, now down to 1,
    Losing plates is definitely no fun,
    Serving dinner on a plastic set,
    My parents will laugh I bet!
    time to update and refill the shelves,
    Through the shops I will have to delve!

  • At 2/03/2012 11:04 am, Anonymous Brendan Rock said…

    I have been married for nearly 6yrs, we still use the same dinner set she had with her ex, lets just say it's not nice thinking of him everytime I sit down to eat a meal! I have managed to smash a few...accidentally of course..but they're still there!

  • At 2/03/2012 11:07 am, Blogger quizzycal said…

    I am about to move out of university college after a break-up and desire to start afresh. It would be SO nice to invite friends over to have dinner on this beautiful set! (I would feel like a real grown up!)

  • At 2/03/2012 11:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have just committed to producing a seven course degustation dinner celebrating my daughter's b/day, my brother in law's fiance's b/day, my in-law's retirement and their going away for a 4 month cruise. What better way to showcase beautiful food and entertain beautiful people than on a beautiful Noritake dinner set by Marc Newson.... Just beautiful!!!

  • At 2/03/2012 11:22 am, Blogger bri said…

    Why? Because it's beautiful - clean lines, simple white, I completely adore it. And I don't have a fancy dinner set - though I'd have to buy myself a second set as my dinner parties usually have 6 or 8 people!

  • At 2/03/2012 11:23 am, Anonymous Christine Dang said…

    I would like to gift it to my mum because her “job” is a housewife. She spends the day sourcing fresh produce from Cabramatta to prepare food for my family. Unlike most employed people, we get rewarded with pay rises and bonuses. Quality kitchenware is her lust after and unfortunately we do not have a quality dinner set!

  • At 2/03/2012 11:36 am, Anonymous nuta said…

    None of my crockery matches for some reason. Bits of it walk off to crockery heaven or something so it would be nice to have something fancy to impress everyone!

  • At 2/03/2012 11:42 am, Anonymous marshy said…

    I just use my mum's daggy Kmart specials. She won't know what hit her when I bring out the Noritake goods!

  • At 2/03/2012 12:22 pm, Anonymous St Henri said…

    I’m recently divorced after what I thought was a great marriage of 15 years. She scraped me off her dinner plate like a left over Thai take-away!
    And now, every time I sit down to eat, using the crockery I bought with her and on which I served her up so many lovingly cooked meals, I am reminded of what was – an emotional heartburn after a particularly pungent matrimonial Vindaloo.
    So what better way, really, to metaphorically wipe the slate clean than with a new dinner set of pristine, white, unsullied crockery on which to ladle new memories of meals with old, loyal friends and future lovers!

  • At 2/03/2012 12:57 pm, Anonymous Emily said…

    Currently the proud owner of 3...count them... 3! op shop plates after a relationship break up. I would love something so beautiful to wow friends with when they come over for late night suppers.

  • At 2/03/2012 1:35 pm, Anonymous Eha said…

    Noritake was the brand of our dinnerset when I first got married: beautifully classic Japanese pattern in autumn shades and gold. Almost see-thru'. More time than I want to admit to has passed and there are two of this and three of that etc left . . . Absolutely love the shape and simplicity of this all-white set: wouldn't my oft vegetarian and colourful Asian meals look appetizing for my friends :D ! [Actually got a funky Noritake pasta set recently: well, one of my fave young friends is going thru' dificult times, so this became her Christmas gift . . .].

  • At 2/03/2012 2:13 pm, Blogger Mel said…

    I love Marc's stuff it's so beautiful, and I love Qantas (truly). So it'd be great to own a set so I could relive the flying roo business class experience!

  • At 2/03/2012 3:08 pm, Blogger L said…

    Because it is gorgeous! Is there a better reason?

  • At 2/03/2012 8:56 pm, Blogger yulara_mum said…

    What a gorgeous set, our household comprises of hand me down pieces, mix and match, and chipped dinnerware. Whilst it 'serves' its purpose, I believe owning this stunning Noritake set would encourage me to cook more often and be proud of what I can 'dish' up

  • At 2/03/2012 10:10 pm, Blogger SemiNumerica said…

    plates of class and style
    my kitchen would welcome them
    the cupboards are bare

  • At 2/03/2012 10:12 pm, Blogger SemiNumerica said…

    plates of class and style
    my kitchen would welcome them
    the cupboards are bare

  • At 2/03/2012 10:50 pm, Blogger spanna said…

    its things like these that make you get excited to cook and eat at home...perfect.

  • At 2/04/2012 7:35 am, Anonymous mjauQi said…

    Hi from Slovenia!

    Leave a comment on this post and tell us: Why do you want to win the Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set?

    I take food photos and this is the chance to have great dinner set for photography and enyojing it with my beloved one. thank you, for this great goweaway!

    regards from Arnela.O

  • At 2/04/2012 9:21 am, Anonymous Ozmo said…

    With that set you won't have to worry about your sauce spilling onto the white tablecloth.As a design he mixed a plate and a bowl and made it wider at the top than the bottom. A reinvention of da plate. how do i win it;-)

  • At 2/04/2012 7:18 pm, Anonymous Blitz said…

    We purchased a ceramic dinner set like this from IKEA several months ago... but the cling wrap doesn't stick to it! It is extremely annoying to deal with left overs. This dinner set would be absolutely awesome and make our fridge smell nicer :)

  • At 2/04/2012 11:42 pm, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    When it comes to dinnerware, I’m a pretty predictable buyer.
    Maxwell Williams and Freedom have been my default suppliers.
    After a decade the Maxwell Williams set is mostly chipped and cracked.
    Some Freedom pieces developed fractures within days of being unpacked.
    There’s the odd ‘last man standing’ from previous collections.
    A yellow cup, a blue bowl that have sentimental value and myriad imperfections.
    It’s a motley collection of mis-matched mugs, plates and bowls.
    Cup and saucers have never really featured in our unsophisticated household.
    So I’m cognisant that I need to get daggy dinnerware act together.
    I need something chic, something classy that will augment my dinner party pleasure.
    So consider this an entry to your Marc Newson by Noritake competition.
    A chance to bring my designer dinnerware dreams to fruition.

  • At 2/05/2012 1:21 am, Anonymous Michelle, NSW said…

    I want to win the dinner set because it reminds me of those times I've flown home with Qantas to be served with Marc Newson designed in-flight serving-ware. The coffee never spilled because of the thoughtful design! Love to have the set at home to remember all those greats trips and the food I enjoyed abroad :-)

  • At 2/05/2012 9:51 pm, Anonymous Jo Ann T said…

    My new set of Noritake will make my dishes sexy!!!

  • At 2/05/2012 9:52 pm, Anonymous Maria M-T said…

    Oh, my only chance to own a Noritake set,
    Where beauty and quality truly met!
    Marc Newson's designs really work,
    Thank you indeed Grab Your Fork! ♥

  • At 2/05/2012 9:52 pm, Anonymous Krystle Y said…

    The dinner plates look like they have the perfect ridge to hold the super saucy noodles that my husband loves to eat! With normal plates, it's a bit of a battle keeping all the sauce from slopping everywhere...

  • At 2/05/2012 9:52 pm, Anonymous Fiona C said…

    because the style of the cup and bowl are a little like me, stylish of course but a bit round in the middle!

  • At 2/05/2012 9:53 pm, Anonymous Mary K said…

    I need a sexy dinner set to make my food photography look good... and winning one is way easier than actually getting better at photography!

  • At 2/05/2012 9:53 pm, Anonymous Lisa Z said…



  • At 2/05/2012 9:53 pm, Anonymous Jason Y said…

    A simple white piece of ceramic dish may appear to be average, but a true cook, food photographer and food lover will know better to appreciate it. Me and my girlfriend have lovely sets of black and sky blue, both with different shapes and sizes than this lovely set. I am certain this set that reminds me of my childhood will complete the collection, and we will love it.

  • At 2/05/2012 9:54 pm, Anonymous Michelle T said…

    I would like a Noritake dinner set, because my mother has a Noritake dinner set that my father bought her while he was on active duty. Tradition can start here.

  • At 2/05/2012 9:54 pm, Anonymous Valarie T said…

    Hmmm honesty right?

    I would like to win the dinner set as a gift for my mum. She's had a pretty terrible year and I think she deserves something nice for a change. :)

    1. Found out her daughter has Psoriasis and dealing with it.
    2. Found out husband of 16 years was having an affair and left her subsequently.
    3. Had her 60th birthday in January.

  • At 2/05/2012 9:54 pm, Anonymous Tim N said…

    Because who wouldn't want to own something as cool sounding as a 'Noritake dinner set?' And when it's given for free from my favourite blog in the world, the food eaten on it would just taste that much more delicious!
    P.s. being new to cooking, i need all the help I can get to make my food "delicious" haha!

  • At 2/06/2012 1:33 am, Anonymous Nick W said…

    I went to visit my 95 year old grandfather in a very remote, outback area of the New South Wales. After spending the night, his grandfather prepared breakfast for me consisting of some delicious bacon and eggs.

    I noticed a strange film-like substance on my plate and asked my grandfather "Are these plates clean?"

    Granddad replied "These plates are as clean as cold water can get them so go on and finish your meal."

    That afternoon, while eating some sausages that granddad made for lunch, I noticed these small specks around the edge of my plate, and a substance that looked like dried egg yokes.

    So I asked again, "Are you sure these plates are clean?"

    Without looking up from his hamburger, granddad says, "What are you deaf? I told you before, these dishes are as clean as cold water can get them, so hurry and eat your sausages and don't ask me about it any more!"

    Later that afternoon, I was on my way out to get some fresh air and stretch my legs and the dog started to growl and would not let me pass.

    "Granddad, your dog won't let me out," I shouted. Without even looking up from the crossword he was doing, Granddad shouts: "Coldwater, move!"

    I want to win the Noritake set so that in the inheritance I've got a good excuse as to why my older brother, who's never visited Granddad, should get his dinner set and I can finally get some payback for all the years my brother used to lick all the sweets so I wouldn't want any!

  • At 2/06/2012 11:33 am, Blogger Kev-The-Old-Man Leng said…

    Just moved into a new unit with my girlfriend and a beautiful dinner set is exactly what we need. We're currently alternating between her set of chipped IKEA plates or my old set which were my parents wedding gift (ANCIENT!) or the Bing Lee dinner set. That's the reason we haven't invited any friends over to our new place =P

  • At 2/07/2012 4:28 pm, Anonymous W said…

    Dear Helen,

    Happy 2012!

    Thank you for giving out such a superb prize! I’ve never entered any competition before as I always thought that I wouldn’t be lucky enough to win. But what you said above really touched me:” Don't be shy! You've got to be in it to win it!” Being a quasi-statistician I did a quick calculation and that the probability of me winning the prize is definitely non-zero :p.

    And this is indeed part of the reason why I’d love to win the Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set. You may not have expected, when you wrote that sentence, how much influence it may have on people like me. I feel that it not only applies to me entering this competition, but also to other circumstances in life – when I feel that the chances of me achieving something are small therefore not pursuing it at all, then always end up wondering what’d have happened if I did pursue it. At least now I won’t be thinking: if I did enter this Freebie Friday competition maybe I would have been the lucky winner!


  • At 2/08/2012 3:20 am, Blogger michelle.l said…

    i would like to win because at my last attempt at a dinner party for my mum i used her royal doulton finest china... and what do i do... broke all the plates as i was carring them because i slipped on grease from main dish... pork crackling! oh what a new way to start the year :)

    thanks for the a great givaway!

  • At 2/08/2012 12:15 pm, Blogger Widi Voorwinden said…

    I got to experience Noritake porcelain while on a homestay in Japan. I had been keen to experience the thousandfold new flavours japan had to offer and okaasan prepared me a multi-dished breakfast most mornings of my stay. On my last morning okaasan wanted to prepare a breakfast more familiar to my western palette. Seated on my crossed feet at I sipped black coffee from the finest porcelain tea cup. A steaming loaf of wholemeal walnut bread fresh from the bread maker appeared from the kitchen. Spoonfuls of butter and plum jam offered as accompaniment. Tora the neighbours cat appears at the window. Perhaps with this prize I could recreate this fondest memory once more...

  • At 2/10/2012 11:43 pm, Blogger Lindy said…

    私は、シンプルさとスタイルを愛する to match the food I would love to serve on it. Noritake always the perfect service

  • At 2/13/2012 2:28 pm, Anonymous Johan James said…

    Classic simplicity and style - I don't have the Lockheed Lounge but the Noritake will look lovely on my Marc Newson dish rack.

  • At 2/13/2012 8:36 pm, Blogger Lisa said…

    I want to give my mum something nice, for everything she's done for me.

  • At 2/18/2012 5:11 pm, Anonymous Julie Duong said…

    I want to be able to say My Kitchen Rules thanks to these plates rather than my astonishingly tragic cooking...

  • At 3/01/2012 10:46 am, Anonymous JT said…

    I'd like to win the Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set so that we can have some dinnerware at home that does justice to my mum's wonderful home-cooked meals.

  • At 3/01/2012 3:39 pm, Anonymous George Redmond said…

    Just last night I was pondering the progress of this prize,
    With no news of a win, my Marc Newson plate dreams had died,
    With the few measly plates in my cupboard near smashed,
    My hopes of licking food clean from perfect plates were dashed.
    But then coming back to check up on your blog today,
    I see the comp is still running - I have a chance - YAY!!!
    With the opportunity of having more than one entry,
    I thought maybe this time I should be more complimentary,
    As shameful as it is to brown nose and flatter,
    If you mean what you say it doesn't really matter!
    So here goes my last chance for Noritake success -

  • At 3/01/2012 3:44 pm, Anonymous W said…

    I’d love to win the Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set. I tend to express my love for my family through food. Last time I went to visit my mum, I baked a cake for her every morning. It’s been over 4 months since I last saw her and she’s coming to visit in 2 months time and I would love to cook delicious food for her and wouldn’t it be just perfect to serve the food in the beautiful Noritake dinnerware?

    I love the caramelised pork belly braised in young coconut juice recipe you posted and I can just picture plating it prettily on one of those stunning Noritake plates, with garnishes of sliced chilli and coriander, rice (moulded into a nice shape) and Asian-inspired salad all artistically arranged around it.

  • At 3/04/2012 4:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have searched for years to find a dinner set that is the perfect blend of form, function and fabulous simplicity. I think this one might just tick all the boxes, it's gorgeous, but then it would be given the credentials of the collaborators!

  • At 3/04/2012 6:26 pm, Anonymous W said…

    I have been checking this page everyday for the past month even though I know the prize isn't going to be drawn till tonight. Maybe it is just to drool over the pictures of the stunning Marc Newson by Noritake dinner set (it even has such a pretty name.

    I've recently bought the new Heston Blumenthal "Heston at home" cookbook and if I win this the first dish I'll serve on it would be Heston's seabass with vanilla butter :) And I promise I will dry them with those baby soft towels bought from Bloomingdale's NYC every time I wash them!

  • At 3/05/2012 1:32 am, Anonymous Tiffany N said…

    Simple, classic and stylish...the perfect dinner set to use as a wannabe Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules contestant x)

  • At 3/05/2012 1:32 am, Anonymous Alex B said…

    asian mums have weird china and dinner sets
    my mum is a subject to this stereotype
    this is why i would love to have this dinner set haha

  • At 3/05/2012 11:09 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    This competition has now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries. Details of the winner can be found here.


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