in this win­ning is­sue I don’t know where to start! We bring you the win­ners of our Cui­sine Good Food Awards 2018 high­light­ing New Zealand’s very best chefs, restau­ra­teurs and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. We also bring you the win­ner of our Cui­sine Ar­ti­san Awards and high­light our pick of the top 20 New Zealand ar­ti­san prod­ucts for 2018. Both of these awards events are an im­por­tant part of sup­port­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try and driv­ing the New Zealand food and drink con­ver­sa­tion. It is a priv­i­lege and a re­spon­si­bil­ity that we take very se­ri­ously.

At this time of year, most of us are usu­ally still a lit­tle in de­nial about the ap­proach­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. How­ever, all of those end-of-year par­ties and pre-christ­mas get-to­geth­ers are just around the cor­ner. The Cui­sine team have you cov­ered for any type of en­ter­tain­ing re­quire­ments with a se­lec­tion of recipes that will take you from build­ing your own moz­zarella bar, to cook­ing over coals at your ta­ble hi­bachi-style, to mak­ing Le­banese breads that will be­come your go-to base for pil­ing your favourite in­gre­di­ents onto (or into) and slip­ping un­der the grill.

It’s the sea­son for a good glass of bub­bles too, and so our Cui­sine wine team have iden­ti­fied the best cham­pagnes and sparkling wines to com­ple­ment your fes­tive fare and help you raise a glass or two #cuisinestyle. And we have a very spe­cial gift for you, as it’s that time of year when friend­ships are trea­sured and tra­di­tions re­spected. We’ve looked back through our Christ­mas is­sues across 30 years and picked a se­lec­tion of win­ning recipes from our Cui­sine fam­ily of writ­ers and recipe de­vel­op­ers past and present. We bring back in­spired favourites from Lau­raine Ja­cobs, Ray Mcvin­nie, Ginny Grant, Fiona Smith, Ruth Pretty, Natalia Scham­roth, Celia Har­vey and Al Brown. These recipes prove that a great Cui­sine recipe is a great Cui­sine recipe, no mat­ter how old. We love that! And so, as you head into the end­less rounds of cel­e­bra­tions and par­ties, cook and eat well, have a safe and de­li­cious fes­tive sea­son, and be fab­u­lous!

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