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The Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards challenge New Zealand's best chefs to showcase their creativity and artistry with our finest cuts of red meat.

The field was narrowed down from 73 entrants who created an original dish using one of the Silver Fern Farms’ cuts of lamb, beef or venison. The 12 finalist restaurants were spread from Waiheke Island to Ophir with the use of creative cuts and innovative techniques that separating the best chefs from the rest by the smallest of margins.

The Premier Selection Awards 2016 winners are:

Premier Master of Fine Cuisine 2016, Best Beef Dish, Best Metropolitan - Paul Limacher, Chameleon Restaurant, Wellington

Runner Up and Best Regional - Daniel Hill, Pitches Store, Ophir

Best Lamb Dish - Geoff Ngan, Shed 5, Wellington

Best Venison Dish - Greg Piner, Vault21, Dunedin

Kerry Tyack and co-judge Tony Adcock visited all 12 finalist restaurants to re-judge the dishes and find the winners. Tyack has years of experience as a writer, critic and educator in the New Zealand food and drinks industry, and Adcock is one of New Zealand’s most experienced restaurateurs with over 40 years in the industry. Both bring a wealth of experience in judging national food competitions.


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    Paul Limacher

    Chameleon Restaurant

    Paul has collected a range of awards for his cuisine abilities during a career that has seen him leading several top Wellington dining establishments.WINNER AND PREMIER MASTER OF FINE CUISINE, BEST BEEF DISH, BEST METROPOLITAN RESTAURANT 2016 This includes...

Congratulations to our close contenders...

Thomas Barta - Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Auckland

Noel Cimadon- Alpino Cucina, Cambridge

Stuart Perry - Trinity Wharf, Tauranga

David Griffiths - Mister D, Hawkes Bay

Scott Kennedy - Nero, Palmerston North

Johannes van Kekem - Pravda, Wellington

Adrian Green - Café Polo, Wellington

Keith Gregory - Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen, Marlborough

The Prize:

The winners of the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards for 2016 will be celebrated by their peers and media at an event in early 2017. The Premier Master of Fine Cuisine 2016 winner will also receive a trip back to the source, staying in luxury accommodation and hosted by one of our Silver Fern Farmers.


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