MacFarlanes Caffe has put Inglewood on the culinary map with a breakfast dish better than any other in the lower North Island.
After 21/2 years in the business chef Zac Scown and his wife, Kim, owners of the cafe, have won their first award.
Mrs Scown said the pair were thrilled to be recognised for their dish, Kiwi pork and beans.
As part of the best New Zealand cafe competition, dishes had to include Wattie's baked beans.
"The chefs put their heads together and came up with a signature dish," Mrs Scown said.
"[It] includes washing the baked beans and adding them into our own homemade tomato sauce," she said.
"It will stay as a regular dish because it's a hit and sells out most days."
Customer votes got MacFarlanes Caffe through to the top 15 and Mrs Scown said it made the prize all the more special.
"To be recognised by your customers for doing well is a really good feeling."
A mystery judge then visited the cafe and scored it on food, service and atmosphere.
"The lower North Island category extends as far down as Wellington and over to Hawke's Bay so we've competed against some cafes in big cities," she said.
Prizes for winning include six months of mentoring from cuisine experts and $1000 worth of products.
Also in line for some prizes are New Plymouth's Peggy Gordons Celtic Bar and Rosie O'Grady's.
Both bars are through to the regional finals of the Guinness pint pouring competition in Wellington next week. After making the regionals, thanks to votes from bar patrons, two staff members from each pub have now been invited to take part in the next stage on Monday.
- Taranaki Daily News
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