Two Gore restaurants have made it into the finals of the Monteith's Wild Food Challenge.
The Blazing Copper Restaurant (Heartland Hotel), with its dish titled "When the Hare Meets the Beer", and the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room, with its "The Hunters Packed Lunch is Better Than Yours", are among the 12 finalists.
Judges nationally tried 122 dishes to find the finalists.
Head judge Kerry Tyack said: "There are 12 finalists announced today but there could quite easily have been many more.
"There were a high number of very close results, which demonstrates a real mastery of the Challenge concept."
The Heartland Hotel's dish is of pan-fried hare, along with the Thomas Green's pigs cheek cassoulet will compete for the grand prize of $15,000.
The winner will be announced on September 9.
Meanwhile, Level One Restaurant and Bar (Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill) was a Spirit Award winner with its "Treasures of the Sea" - baked scallop and prawn stuffed hapuku.
- The Southland Times
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