Celebrating the artistry and craftsmanship of chefs
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.
WINNER AND PREMIER
MASTER OF FINE CUISINE
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...
The finalists and their dishes are...
Logan’s cooking philosophy is based around using simple and honest ingredie...
Alex has sound knowledge of both classical and modern cooking principles an...
He describes his style of food as fresh, simple, not overly complicated but...
Richard says New Zealand is the best place on earth to gain experience work...
Andrew has travelled extensively in Europe & Zimbabwe where he extended his...
Paul focuses his passion for food into creating innovative cuisine from the...
Geoff has travelled the world extensively cooking and experiencing internat...
Aaron started working in kitchens at the age of 15 and fell in love with th...
Mario's love for cooking meat has been ingrained since he was young.
Greg has an impressive career history as a chef and has worked for many lea...
Daniel’s inspiration is to create fun, fresh and vibrant dishes using seaso...
Mat Mclean has established a reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading che...
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 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.