Want to know the best places to eat in New Zealand?
If you're seeking expert recommendations on where to eat throughout New Zealand, you're in the right place. Cuisine has been the country's best food magazine for 27 years and its prestigious Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards (previously known as the Restaurant of the Year Awards) have long been the benchmark for the best eateries.
- Cuisine Restaurant of the Year
- Vittoria Coffee Chef of the Year
- Sanpellegrino Best Metropolitan Restaurant
- KitchenAid Best Regional Restaurant
- Electrolux Best New Restaurant
- American Express Best Specialist Restaurant
- House of Travel Best Winery Restaurant
- European Foods Restaurant Personality of the Year
- Negociants New Zealand Best Wine Experience
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The 2014 awards nightsOur 2014 restaurant award evening and Chef's Hat announcement was held at St Matthew in the City in Auckland. See all the action here, including comments from the judges and excited winners.
Letter from our head judge, Kerry TyackA year after its introduction, it's heartening that both restaurant operators and diners have discovered the true value of the Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards chef's hat rating system. It seems everyone is benefiting from its transparency, its authority, its fairness and its reliability.
A more relaxed approach to dining has taken hold, with nearly half the hatted eateries casual places with strong local followings.
Ample choice from a broad range of eating environments can only be positive, but we must ensure the desire to increase entertainment value doesn't overshadow the requirement for excellence in food, drinks and service.
This year's Cuisine Good Food Guide is bigger than ever, indicating a thriving dining scene. The fact the number of three-hatted restaurants has increased is proof we can hold our own on the global dining scene. Those at the top of their game in last year's awards – The French Café and Clooney – have maintained their world-class standards, and there has been significant movement in number of others, nowhere more evident than at Sidart, our Cuisine Restaurant of the Year.
It's important to reiterate that all those in the guide are doing a great job and have every reason to be confident they can attain hat status. Well done to all restaurants in the guide for showing that New Zealand can deliver a dining experience as good as anywhere in the world.
Kerry Tyack, head judge
CUISINE GOOD FOOD AWARDS 2014 SPONSORS
We're delighted to again welcome Vittoria Coffee as the major sponsor of the Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards 2014. We're also grateful for the support and enthusiasm of all our fine associate sponsors
OUR SPONSOR - VITTORIA COFFEE