Cafe finds recipe for success

01:34, Feb 11 2013
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Home time: Grabbing a bus back to Blenheim
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Waiting for a ride at 6pm closing time.
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6pm, leaving the festival in a happy mood
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Happy crowds
Marisco
Enjoying The Ned and Marisco wines
Astrolabe
Astrolabe and Seresin Wines
Natalie MacDonald and Laura Scott
Natalie MacDonald and Laura Scott
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Police keep an eye on the crowd
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Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra entertained the large crowd
The Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra
The Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra
Lee Davis
Lee Davis gets a good cooling off from the scorching heat
Spy Valley
Spy Valley Wines
Mary Leslie
Mary Leslie, Kate Harper, Andrea Forrest outside the Greywacke and Dog Point wines tents.
Dog Point Wines
Tohu Wines
Jackson Estate Wines
Jackson Estate Wines
Olivia Klein and Carla Runge
Olivia Klein and Carla Runge eating a Hungarian bread.
Brett Taylor
Brett Taylor, Anton James, Michelle James, Maree Taylor.
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Cooling time in the creek
Avalanche City
Avalanche City playing their set.
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Dancing to Avalanche City
Jason Yank
Winners of the best site : Astrolabe with Jason Yank, Jane Forrest and Simon Waghorn
Beck Hill
Supreme wine and food match went to Beck Hill from Figaro's Cafe and Stephanie MacIntyre from Cloudy Bay Wines. Presented by Chelsea Winter
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People come from all over the world to attend the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
John Susman
John Susman serving up some tasty, fresh Cloudy Bay Clams to Kathryn Ulma from Alberta, Canada.
New Entrants band
New Entrants band
Loth Chrisiani and Philippe Pop
Loth Chrisiani and Philippe Pop keeping cool
Kalita Cresswell and Anders Petersen
Kalita Cresswell tops up, Anders Petersen
Hunters Wines
Keeping cool outside Hunters Wines
marlborough Security Officers
marlborough Security Officers: Tasi and Epati.
Scott Hutchison and Hannah McCabe
Scott Hutchison and Hannah McCabe
Penny Edwards
Penny Edwards from Omega Seafood serving Paella.
Ollie Barnett and Bec Pilcher
Ollie Barnett and Bec Pilcher
Andrew Maxwell and Anna Maxwell
Fashion in the vines competition winners, brother and sister Andrew Maxwell and Anna Maxwell
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Andrew Maxwell
Fashion in the vines competition.
Fashion in the vines competition.
Wine tutorial
Wine tutorial
Peter and Denise Bush
Peter and Denise Bush
No 1 Family Vineyard.
No 1 Family Vineyard.
Paul Goodman and Gaynor Arthur
Paul Goodman and Gaynor Arthur enjoying whitebait at their 15th festival
Al Brown
Al Brown and Cloudy Bay Clams cooking demonstration
Al Brown
Al Brown and Cloudy Bay Clams cooking demonstration
Carmen Potgieter
Carmen Potgieter from Auckland for her first Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

Third time was a charm for a popular Blenheim cafe at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival on Saturday as it scooped the Supreme Wine and Food Match title along with former winner Cloudy Bay.

Figaro's and Cloudy Bay won this year's competition with a ‘Tale of Two Porks' dish matched with the Pelorus Blanc de Blanc.

Figaro's head chef and owner Beck Hill said the cafe had only entered the competition three times and had come second last year and third the year before.

Chelsea Winter
Top notch: Figaro’s head chef and owner Beck Hill, left, with Cloudy Bay events and communication manager Stephanie McIntyre, centre, with wine and food match judge and MasterChef 2012 winner Chelsea Winter. The Figaro’s-Cloudy Bay food and wine match was named Supreme Wine and Food match winner at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

"We're pretty proud of that. We like to challenge the perception that cafes have no chefing skills."

They served a braised pork and watercress rice paper roll and miso braised pork belly with apple and horopito salsa.

The braised pork had to be slow-cooked for eight to 10 hours, Ms Hill said.

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It was taken out of the oven at midnight on Friday ready for Saturday's festival, she said. "I've only had three hours sleep."

Ms Hill couldn't go overboard on the celebrations as she had to work yesterday.

"It's our busiest day of the year. We will do at least 120 meals," she said.

"We are a seven-day restaurant. We couldn't come here without the help of staff and friends. We have a great team working for us at the moment."

Cloudy Bay cellar door manager Tiffany Guillemot said they were paired with Figaro's through a mutual friend in October last year.

They played about with salmon before opting for pork and fine-tuning the final dish.

"Everyone does bubbles and fish," Ms Guillemot said. "We wanted something a bit different."

Ms Guillemot said Cloudy Bay was happy to be paired with the Blenheim cafe as she was a regular customer anyway.

The feeling was mutual: "I'm pretty honoured to be matched with Cloudy Bay because they have such a good reputation," Ms Hill said.

Cloudy Bay won the Wine and Food Match in 2010 with Tio Point oysters.

New Zealand MasterChef season three winner and guest judge Chelsea Winter said the dish was very creative.

"It was nothing I had ever seen before, it was obviously something they had thought very hard about. Matched with bubbles just finished it off perfectly."

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