Best re­gional res­tau­rant in NZ in Ophir

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Pitches Store owner Colleen Hurd puts her cafe and res­tau­rant’s lat­est ac­co­lade down to team work.

The Cen­tral Otago es­tab­lish­ment’s rep­u­ta­tion was boosted again af­ter it was last week named Sil­ver Fern Farms Best Re­gional Res­tau­rant in New Zealand for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Head chef Daniel Hill was named run­ner-up in the Premier Master of Fine Cui­sine cat­e­gory.

Hurd was ‘‘elated’’ with the win.

‘‘We were pretty chuffed and Dan [Hill] was pretty chuffed. It means a lot.’’

Hill’s judged dish was Eye of the Mist – an eye fil­let, beef cheeks and bone mar­row en­sem­ble.

The win was re­ally good for busi­ness, Hurd said.

‘‘It does a lot for the busi­ness and for the lo­cals.

‘‘We’ve had peo­ple want­ing to book in for din­ner and want­ing to know if Dan’s cook­ing.’’

Be­ing an iso­lated town with a pop­u­la­tion of about 50, Pitches needed to be a ‘‘des­ti­na­tion’’, Hurd said.

‘‘We all work re­ally hard and it’s a team [ef­fort].’’

The ‘‘lo­cals are re­ally proud’’, Hurd said.

DEB­BIE JAMIESON/FAIRFAX NZ

Dame Su­san Devoy spoke in Queen­stown on Thurs­day.

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