Auckland leads in Cuisine Awards

05:16, Jun 10 2014

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. 

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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

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