Beef and Lamb Ambassador Chefs
Each year, Beef + Lamb New Zealand selects a team of chefs who have displayed exceptional culinary skills during the assessment period, to be Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador chefs for the year. As well as receiving special recognition for their achievement, the Ambassadors are involved in a planned programme of Beef + Lamb New Zealand activities throughout the year.
Six of the country’s top chefs have been named as lifetime ‘Platinum’ Beef and Lamb Ambassadors. They are: Brenton Low from à Deco, Whangarei; Rex Morgan from Boulcott Street Bistro, Wellington; Mat McLean from Palate Restaurant, Hamilton; Michael Coughlin from Pier 24, Dunedin; Darren Wright from Chillingworth Road in Christchurch and Stephen Barry from Mount Bistro, Mt Manganui.
These chefs have been awarded the title in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the Beef and Lamb Excellence programme, having each been named as an Ambassador at least four times over the past 13 years. Brenton, Stephen, Michael, Mat, Darren and Rex will continue to work closely with Beef + Lamb New Zealand to promote New Zealand beef and lamb at various events around the country.
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Find a recipe
You will find a selection of beef and lamb recipes at Hospo Nation including:
Balsamic Glazed Lamb Salad;
Seared Steak with Summer Spaghetti;
and Turkish Lamb Burgers.
Or for more ideas see: RECIPES
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New Zealand's Top Restaurants and Chefs Revealed
The top restaurants and chefs in the nation were revealed at a long lunch held at the prestigious Kelleher Estate on Puketutu Island today, after months of assessment by culinary trained experts.
163 restaurants from across New Zealand received the 2015 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award, recognising the highest quality, most skilfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb cuisine.
2015 marks the 19th year of the Awards, making them the country’s longest running culinary award programme and one which is highly regarded within the industry.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand, CEO, Rod Slater says the awards have fulfilled the initial goal of taking the guesswork out of dining.
“Wherever you see the Excellence Awards gold plate displayed you can be absolutely certain a stellar beef or lamb meal will be presented and we can be confident of this with the effort we’ve already taken in the groundwork”, says Slater.
The degustation lunch, attended by over 40 food writers and media, was designed and constructed by the five newly announced 2015 Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs.
The 2015 Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs were selected from the restaurants that performed highly in the Excellence Awards assessment process. They are:
These chefs, who have achieved the lifetime Platinum status, after being named as an Ambassador Chef four times, are:
• Stephen Barry from Mount Bistro, Mt Manganui
• Michael Coughlin from Pier 24, Dunedin
• Brenton Low from à Deco, Whangarei
• Mat McLean from Palate Restaurant, Hamilton
• Rex Morgan from Boulcott Street Bistro, Wellington
• Darren Wright from Chillingworth Road, Christchurch
For the full list of 2015 Excellence Award holders visit: nzexcellenceawards.co.nz