2014 RECAP

Auckland restaurants have dominated this year’s Cuisine Good Food Awards.


Restaurant of the Year went to long-time Auckland favourite Sidart, which also picked up Best Metropolitan Restaurant, in the awards announced tonight.

Newcomers in the city were also recognised, with Masu winning Best New, and Baduzzi getting Best Specialist.

A new award, Best Wine Experience, was taken out by O’Connell Street Bistro thanks to their extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff.

Chef of the year went to Benjamin Bayly from Baduzzi and The Grove, while Restaurant Personality of the year was awarded to Mojo Horiuchi from Kazuya.

But the prizes didn’t all go to Aucklanders, with Hamilton’s Chim Choo Ree named Best Regional Restaurant and Hawke’s Bay’s Elephant Hill picked as Best Winery Restaurant.

Head judge Kerry Tyack says the standard of competition this year was “an outstanding credit to New Zealand.”

Each restaurant is judged on its environment, service, atmosphere, wine and drinks list – and, of course, its food.
 

2014 WINNERS

Cuisine Restaurant of the Year: Sidart, Auckland

Vittoria Coffee Chef of the Year: Benjamin Bayly, Baduzzi and The Grove, Auckland

Sanpellegrino Best Metropolitan Restaurant: Sidart, Auckland

KitchenAid Best Regional Restaurant: Chim Choo Ree, Hamilton

Runner-up: Riverstone Kitchen, North Otago

Electrolux Best New Restaurant: Masu, Auckland

Runner-up: Roots, Canterbury

American Express Best Specialist Restaurant: Baduzzi, Auckland

Runner-up: Ortega Fish Shack & Bar, Wellington

House of Travel Best Winery Restaurant: Elephant Hill, Hawke's Bay

Runner-up: Amisfield Bistro, Queenstown

European Foods Restaurant Personality of the Year: Mojo Horiuchi, Kazuya, Auckland

Negociants New Zealand Best Wine Experience: O'Connell Street Bistro, Auckland

Who wore the hats in 2014?

2014 Hat recipients
Scores out of 20 determine a restaurant’s hat rating. One hat is considered very good, two hats are great to excellent and three hats (18-20) mean a restaurant is consistently amazing and among the best of the best.

1 HAT
Amisfield Bistro, Queenstown
Bracu, Auckland
Cazador, Auckland
Charley Noble, Wellington
Chim Choo Ree, Hamilton
Depot, Auckland
Elephant Hill, Hawke’s Bay
O'Connell Street Bistro, Auckland
Orphans Kitchen, Auckland
Ortega Fish Shack & Bar, Wellington
Ortolana, Auckland
Pegasus Bay, Waipara, North Canterbury
Pescatore, Christchurch
Ponsonby Road Bistro, Auckland
Rata, Otago
Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru
Roots, Christchurch
Soul Bar & Bistro, Auckland
Taylors on Jackson, Petone
The Larder, Wellington

2 HATS
Baduzzi, Auckland
Kazuya, Auckland
Logan Brown, Wellington
Masu, Auckland
Merediths, Auckland
The Grill by Sean Connolly, Auckland

3 HATS
Clooney, Auckland
Sidart, Auckland
The French Café, Auckland
The Grove, Auckland