Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards
CUISINE NZ GOOD FOOD AWARDS 2015
A panel of expert judges assessed a shortlist of around 76 restaurants throughout the country for the Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards 2015 (previously known as the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards). Each restaurant was visited anonymously by judges who paid for their meals. The top-scoring restaurants were then revisited to determine the winners of the awards.
We introduced a new rating system to the awards in 2013, adopting the scores out of 20 and chef's hat rating system used in Australia by the renowned Good Food Guides. Chef's hats will now be awarded once a year at the annual Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards, while all restaurants reviewed by Cuisine magazine will now be scored out of 20, rather than awarded stars. An explanation of what the scores mean can be found below.
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR:
AMERICAN EXPRESS BEST SPECIALIST RESTAURANT
GHIOTTI BY EUROPEAN FOODS RESTAURANT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
DAVEY MCDONALD, ORTEGA FISH SHACK
NEGOCIANTS NEW ZEALAND BEST WINE EXPERIENCE
THE FRENCH CAFÉ
ŌRA KING SALMON INNOVATION AWARDS
HOW CUISINE GOOD FOOD GUIDE RATINGS WORK
The score out of 20 is our assessment of the total restaurant experience. Up to nine points are given for food (flavour, technique, produce, balance), up to four points for service (knowledge, care, professionalism), four for wine and wine service (wine menu, staff knowledge, pricing), and up to three points for ambience (decor, lighting, buzz).
A panel of expert judges assessed the finalists for the Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards 2015. We are grateful to these professionals who have extensive experience in the food and wine industries.
The judging panel, led by esteemed head judge Kerry Tyack, included Cuisine editor Sarah Nicholson, along with Tony Adcock, Ngaire Baker,Catherine Bell, Philip Bothwell, Margaret Brooker,David Burton, Lucy Corry, Debbie Crompton, Emma Easthope, Lizzie Di Lambert, Ginny Grant,Celia Harvey, Michael Hooper, Rebecca Jones, Ralph Kyte-Powell, Elizabeth Latham, Kirsten Matthew, Sarah Meikle, Brett Newell, Kathy Paterson, Daniel Pfyl, Kristina Pickford, Vicki Ravlich-Horan, John Saker, Ewan Sargent, Charmian Smith, Fiona Smith, Jenny Stewart, Sarah Wall and Paul Williams. All restaurants were visited anonymously and judges paid for their meals.sponsors, listed below.