With summer in full swing it’s Kiwi tradition to head out of town to a beautiful beach or wander off the beaten track for walks and adventures. Coromandel is well-known as one of New Zealand’s holiday hotspots but we reckon it’s also the ultimate dining destination. We’ve found some amazing eateries from the top of the Peninsula all the way down to its southern gateway, so we recommend you get planning the ultimate summer road trip!Read More
One of our newest Ambassador Chefs, Pablo Tacchini is head chef and owner of Cucina in Oamaru. Originally from Argentina, Pablo and his wife moved to New Zealand and fell in love with the historic town of Oamaru. Pablo says he and his wife had dreamed of owning their own restaurant and when the opportunity came up to buy Cucina 1871 where Pablo was currently head chef, they jumped at the chance. With a name change and refreshed décor, Cucina opened its doors in 2016 and two years on, Pablo has created a reputation of combining the flavours from his heritage with fresh seasonal New Zealand produce in delightfully unexpected ways.Read More
There is nothing more quintessentially Kiwi than a summer BBQ! With the wide array of portable BBQ’s available now, the great Kiwi BBQ is not routed to the backyard anymore. I would be happy to take a bet that this Waitangi Day whether you are at home, the beach or your local park you will get a whiff of that delicious smokey aroma coming from a BBQ. Follow that aroma and you are likely to come across a gathering of family and friends celebrating our national day, and what better way to celebrate than adding in a quintessentially Kiwi dish – New Zealand lamb!Read More
I think we would all agree with Virginia Woolf’s quote and there is nothing better than sharing food with the one you love. So if you are looking for a romantic spot for your valentine this year, we have some suggestions which might just be the ticket to creating a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration.Read More
Five very talented chefs have been announced as the 2019 Beef + Lamb NZ Ambassador Chefs. Their job? To encourage innovation and creativity amongst their fellow chefs…and generally be foodie rock stars.Read More
I may be biased, but to me Auckland is the perfect spot for weekend jaunts. Being sandwiched between two coastlines, there are so many incredible destinations within an hour or two’s drive. A fairly major part of travelling for me is the culinary delights on offer along the way, so read on for a round-up of some top spots to inspire a day trip out of the City of Sails…Read More
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and whether you are in party mode or just looking for a quiet spot to see in the new year, we have sorted out some top spots to help you plan your party night. Why not indulge in some award-winning beef and lamb to soak up the celebrations.Read More
With the recent announcement of the 2019 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award holders, I decided to get out amongst the action on announcement day and see what all the fuss was about. My choice was to head out of the city to Coatesville, just north of Auckland and visit The Black Cottage Café. Nestled in the countryside, this delightful café was bustling with lunch time visitors.Read More
It could be argued that beef and lamb is quintessentially Kiwi. Deep rooted farming communities, a perfect temperate climate producing world-renowned meat has generated an export industry that is vital to this country’s economy. The subject of ‘beef and lamb’ is intrinsically linked to our national identity.
Chefs are naturally drawn to cooking with the finest produce, so having world-class beef and lamb readily available to them, it’s going to come as no surprise that these two iconic proteins have become staples on restaurant menus up and down the country.Read More
Delve off the beaten track on your travels around New Zealand and you’ll come across some hidden culinary gems tucked away in unknown pockets. Here are a few that you need to put on your bucket list:Read More
We all have a personal preference of how we like our steak cooked, but which cut of beef produces the perfect steak?Read More
Following some outstanding Beef and Lamb Ambassador Series Dinners in 2018, it was the turn of Harry Williams, head chef at Alpha Street Kitchen in Cambridge. He was tasked with the job of wowing his adoring customers with a beef and lamb showcase dinner and boy did he deliver.
Situated in the heart of Cambridge, Alpha Street Kitchen is a modern bistro, housed in the historic National Hotel building opposite the famous clock tower. Harry and owner Fiona Massey took over the restaurant three and half years ago and set out with a vision to create one of Waikato’s finest eating experiences. Based on what was served up at the Series Dinner, they must be pretty close to achieving that.Read More
With the weather warming up and the days drawing out we begin to come out of our winter hibernation. Labour weekend has a habit of sneaking up on us and we love to dash away for a relaxing break, hopeful of some sunshine and a promise that summer is on its way. Whether you head away or choose a staycation at home a long weekend is a great time to treat yourself to a sumptuous dinner out and we have a few suggestions which we think could hit the spot and introduce you to some delicious spring lamb.Read More
You may have recently seen our Instagram account was taken over by Platinum Ambassador Chef, Scott Kennedy as he travelled and dined his way through the U.S.A.
Scott is owner and head chef at Nero Restaurant in Palmerston North and loves to search the globe for inspiration for his menus. He and wife Yvette planned their travel around dining out at some of the U.S.A’s top restaurants, including Gallagher’s Steakhouse and The Musket Room in New York City, and Atelier Crenn in San Francisco.Read More
You may be forgiven for thinking that August would be a rather sleepy time for restaurants with customers hunkering down at home in front of the fire with a bowl of soup instead of dining out! Well think again – as we approach August it is definitely heating up in some restaurant kitchens around New Zealand. If you’re a foodie, then there are some culinary events you will want to add to your calendar with Auckland’s Restaurant Month kicking off on the 1st August and Wellington on a Plate beginning on the 10th.
We’ve scrolled through the long list of delicious festival dishes and amazing events featuring local producers and international guest chefs and are happy to share our pick of the bunch for you!Read More
It was the final weekend of the Hawke’s Bay Winter F.A.W.C! Series as we headed to Napier to attend one of the sold-out events hosted by Beef and Lamb Ambassador Chef, Damon McGinniss. Damon is Executive Chef at the Art Deco Masonic Hotel and was named a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef for 2018 based on his outstanding beef and lamb dishes at Emporium Bar & Eatery. We were warmly greeted by staff at The Masonic and spending time at this iconic Art Deco Hotel in the centre of Napier was such an indulgent experience - the hotel is embellished with gorgeous furnishings and décor which enhances the experience and brings the art deco era to life for their guests.
Damon has had a long association with Beef + Lamb New Zealand throughout his career, and 2018 was the third time he has been named an Ambassador Chef. With his skill and knowledge combined, his trademark is working with humble cuts of beef and lamb elevating them to high end and beautifully executed dishes.Read More
Chefs love to combine different flavours from around the world to create a unique and distinct dish which sets them aside from their peers. New Zealand-grown beef and lamb is the perfect vehicle to take on the myriad of international flavours which chefs love to use now to create fusion cuisine. We think these dishes are a great winter dining option and here’s our top picks for some warming winter beef and lamb dishes with a twist.Read More
There is nothing better than a mid-winter get away where the fire is roaring, the food is warm and comforting and the scenery is snowy and picturesque. We have some amazing suggestions for a weekend away where all these things come together to create a memorable winter escape. You may not have heard of some of these destinations, but we know first-hand that each one has an award-winning chef who will be serving some hearty, warming winter beef and lamb dishes.Read More
The highlight of National Lamb Week, was of course, National Lamb Day on May 24th and in the upmarket suburb of Parnell, Auckland there was a lot of lamb prepping going on! Our Ambassador Chef Kate Fay of Cibo Parnell, had been planning and prepping for her Ambassador Series dinner which just happened to fall on National Lamb Day, so we knew we were in for a wonderful journey celebrating New Zealand lamb.Read More