Bay restaurants earn awards
Kiwis grow and cook meat better than others
Hawke’s Bay restaurants serve meals which have earned them Beef and Lamb Excellence awards.
Four Hawke’s Bay restaurants have received the longest running culinary award in New Zealand, the Beef and Lamb Excellence Award for 2019, after a tough and rigorous assessment process.
Now in its 23rd year, the excellence awards recognise the skill, expertise and talent of our greatest chefs and together with the iconic gold plate, signpost to consumers where they can try the pinnacle of beef and lamb. Kiwis cook best
Peter Gordon, arguably New Zealand’s greatest export, has been wowing the folk of London and New Zealand with his dishes and has travelled the world plying his trade — but rates Kiwi chefs among the best in terms of cooking with beef and lamb.
“I have eaten at restaurants around the world and I’m hugely proud of the worldclass beef and lamb we have here in New Zealand.
“I put this down to two factors — we have access to these wonderful meats that are grass-fed and reared outdoors, giving them a delicious texture and flavour.
“But it also comes down to our chefs. They are talented, creative, dedicated, adventurous — I could go on throwing adjectives at them — but the proof is there for anyone to experience at restaurants up and down the country.”
After more than 230 restaurants applied, an army of more than 100 independent, culinary-trained assessors were sent out to ‘mystery shop’ the restaurants and return their verdicts on whether the dishes had met the standard to be labelled as a leader of beef and lamb cuisine.
New Zealand is renowned for its world-class beef and lamb by locals and visitors alike.
Going the distance Shaun Clouston, executive chef at the Wellington institution Logan Brown, has experienced first-hand the effect New Zealand beef and lamb can have on international visitors.
“I once had a customer who saw a lamb dish from Logan Brown featured in a magazine.
“He then got on a plane from Japan, landed in Auckland and flew straight to Wellington just to have New Zealand lamb.
“The beef and lamb dishes I have tried by other Kiwi chefs are phenomenal — versus what I’ve had elsewhere, they are unbelievably good. Just the other day I had probably the best lamb I’ve ever eaten in my life at a restaurant right here in New Zealand.
“I think what really helps
‘I have eaten at restaurants around the world and I’m hugely proud of the worldclass beef and lamb we have here in New Zealand. I put this down to two factors — we have access to these wonderful meats that are grass-fed and reared outdoors, giving them a delicious ’ texture and flavour. PETER GORDON
us as chefs is access to fantastic product — this is where it all begins.
“It’s difficult to group all chefs into the same basket but we are all able to draw from the world’s best product.”
But for any self-confessed foodie, the proof is in the eating.
Finding beef and lamb Anyone keen to experience how good Kiwis are at cooking with beef and lamb should head to the restaurant directory on nzexcellenceawards.co.nz and try for themselves.
Hawke’s Bay Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards recipients are Mangapapa Hotel, Namaskar Indian Restaurant, Emporium Eatery & Bar and Philippine Asian Kitchen at the Westshore Beach Inn Hotel.
Hawke’s Bay restaurants a cut above the rest.