Jimmy Cook’s will contest Plate of Origin
Reputation means everything and Jimmy Cook’s restaurant at The Copthorne Hotel has again been chosen to contest the Plate of Origin.
The Plate of Origin is part of Agri-Investment Week and, last year Jimmy Cook’s, guided by Executive Chef Jono Mawley, won the People’s Choice award.
In the competition 12 restaurants in Manawatu were partnered with a celebrated restaurant outside the region. Last year Jimmy Cook’s was paired with Arbour from Blenheim and together they created a dish that showcased New Zealand salmon and Cloudy Bay clams from Foxton.
People’s Choice is a sought-after award because it’s decided by diners and people who enter through social media.
"We were gratified by the number of people who chose to dine with us which gave us recognition around Manawatu," Jono says. "We served a lot of satisfied diners that week."
This year Jimmy Cook’s is partnered with Chillingworth Road from Christchurch.
"They’ve chosen Akaroa salmon and Meadow Mushrooms as their ’hero products’ and we are finalising our ingredients in the next few days," Jono says. The executive chef from Chillingworth Road, Darren Wright, visited Jimmy Cook’s last week to discuss their entry.
The succulent and mouth-watering dish will be featured at Jimmy Cook’s during AgriInvestment Week from March 13-18 and Jono and his team invite diners to taste the dish and its delectable flavours.
"Our collaborated dish will be available every night and anyone wanting to experience it will receive a 10 per cent concession if they book in advance," he says.
But there’s a lot more at Jimmy Cook’s in addition to their Plate of Origin entry. It’s a top competitive Manawatu restaurant that offers a range of delicious choices on its extensive menu.
Jono emphasises that first priority is to serve the people of the Manawatu so they can call Jimmy Cook’s their own.
"Our success last year reinforces our reputation as a go to place in the region," he says. "Once Plate of Origin is over, we’ll introduce our new autumn menu which again will be a drawcard."
Jimmy Cook’s can look back on 2016 with pride. As well as People’s Choice, Jono was named second runner-up in the Manawatu Chef of the Year competition and members of his team were finalists in their class. Hugo Vervoort was honoured in the Emerging Chef and Angela Hanson in the Maitre-d of the Year, both competing as finalists.
In addition Jimmy Cook’s is a repeat recipient of the prestigious 2016/2017 New Zealand Beef and Lamb Excellence Award.
With that reputation behind it, Jono, his amazing team and Jimmy Cook’s can look forward to a further year of achievement and recognition from the industry and regulars who love the restaurant and relish its appetising selection of dishes.
Copthorne Executive Chef Jonathan Mawley displays two of the awards both he andJimmy Cook’s have received.