Restaurants step up to the plate

18:20, Jan 12 2014
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PRACTICALLY PERFECT: Lindsay Bennett chef and co-owner of Fusion whose 2014 Excellence Award dishes were rated "close to perfection" by judges.

After months of assessment by top culinary experts, six restaurants in South Canterbury have taken out a prestigious 2014 Beef+Lamb Excellence Award.

Timaru winners Fusion and Ginger and Garlic have both received a gold-rimmed plate which will hang in the winning restaurants.

Lindsay Bennett, chef and co-owner of Fusion, said the latest win was "superb".

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ADDING TO AWARDS: Ginger and Garlic owner Jason Cleverley, left, with head chef Jason Scott, right, with their winning beef dish which used locally sourced aged angus beef.

"The judges' comments said our two dishes showed a level of perfection close to 100 per cent. Comments of this nature are very important to us all here at Fusion," he said.

"We have won an excellence award each year since 2004, and they recognise the skill of the chef and our restaurant staff and also illustrate the quality of the ingredients we use, most of which are sourced locally."

Garlic and Ginger is also a multi-award winning restaurant and its latest excellence award plate takes its tally to 14.


Owner Jason Cleverley said the 2014 award reinforces the feedback they have received from customers and acknowledges the skill of head chef, Jason Scott.

"The judges were very complimentary in their comments about our two dishes," he said.

"The award is also a tribute to our local suppliers."

The excellence awards acknowledge a consistently high standard of beef and lamb cuisine.

Other award-winning restaurants in the South Canterbury section of the competition were Taste, Geraldine; Rakinui Restaurant and Reflections Restaurant, Lake Tekapo; and The Panorama Room, Mt Cook.

The Timaru Herald