We are so lucky in New Zealand to be able to enjoy award-winning food and wine. There is no better way to experience this than to visit some of New Zealand’s wineries where you can linger and languish over a long lunch and experience the whole package. Check out our top picks across the country where you can expect to find outstanding beef and lamb dishes with knowledgeable staff who will help you match the perfect wine to your choice of meal.Read More
Join Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef, Kate Fay at Cibo Parnell in Auckland as she celebrates National Lamb Day.
6.30pm, Thursday 24 May - $125pp or $199pp with wine match for a six course degustation dinner. To book a table call Cibo on 09-303-9660 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
The town of Russell is nestled in the Bay of Islands and was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is now a popular holiday destination and bastion of cafes, gifts shops and B&B’s. Catching the ferry from Pahia to Russell is a short 15 minute journey and allows you to take in all the beauty that surrounds the Bay. As you jump off the ferry and walk down the pier you can see the Duke of Marlborough Hotel just to the left, behind the Pohutukawa trees and you are immediately attracted to the hustle and bustle of the hotel.Read More
There are many provinces around New Zealand who are creating a real foodie following and the Manawatu would have to be one of them. The area not only boasts many Beef and Lamb Excellence Award holders who are dishing up excellent beef and lamb cuisine, but it is home to the annual Plate of Origin competition. This is a collaboration between a Manawatu based restaurant and a restaurant from another region of New Zealand.Read More
The Southland region is home to the snow-capped mountains and fjords of Fiordland National Park, rolling farmland and the dramatic landscape of the Catlins. So, if it’s an adventure you are after this long Easter weekend, why not venture to the southernmost region of New Zealand and explore some of their stunning scenery.Read More
Damon McGinniss is Executive Chef of the very busy Emporium Bar & Eatery in Napier and as a third time Ambassador is another chef who has had a long career cooking with beef and lamb. Damon loves the busy environment of a restaurant kitchen but says it is a demanding career where you need to be physically and mentally fit but he never tires of putting on his chef jacket every day and coming up with new and creative ways to present his dishes.
Watch here as he pairs a traditional beef fillet with black pudding potato and a brisket pastie and hear who has been his inspiration over the years in the kitchen.
Otago is a province of outstanding natural beauty from rugged mountain peaks to glacial lakes, native forests interlaced with a traditional farming heritage which produces some of the best beef and lamb in the country. Queenstown lies at the heart of this beautiful provInce and local chefs love to forage and use fresh seasonal ingredients to showcase their beef and lamb dishes.Read More
The classic combo of burger and chips has upped its game over the years becoming not just a takeaway item but a legendary menu item for many restaurants. Here are four suggestions where you can order a burger that we think is just a little bit special!Read More
It’s been a big year for chef Alistair Forster! Not only has he been named a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef two years running, but with circumstances on his side he became the proud new owner of Forsters at Mahana nestled in the stunning landscape of the Upper Moutere Hills near Nelson. Alistair has a reputation for pushing the traditional food boundaries using different ways of preparing and serving his dishes such as this visually stunning lamb belly and lamb loin. But when it comes to cooking at home, watch here to see what his favourite dish is.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, Taranaki is a province with a lot to discover. Its unique landscape is dominated by the beautiful and legendary Mt. Taranaki and its coast is home to some of the best surf spots in New Zealand.Read More
Kate Fay from the iconic restaurant, Cibo Parnell in Auckland has been involved with the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards almost since its inception 22 years ago. One of only a few female chefs to ever be named as an Ambassador for Beef + Lamb New Zealand, her dedication and consistency in serving up creative beef and lamb dishes has seen her named as an Ambassador four times during her career. Quite simply, Kate is a genius in the kitchen, working with seasonal produce and letting the food speak for itself.
Watch Kate in action as she plates up a fabulous beef dish using one of her favourite but lesser known cuts – Hangar steak.
On a perfect autumn day we arrived in New Plymouth to attend the first Ambassador Series dinner for 2018. Head Chef of Salt Restaurant, Freddie Ponder, is a first time Beef and Lamb Ambassador and loves to push the boundaries with old school flavours and modern techniques, so I was really looking forward to seeing what he had lined up on his tasting menu.Read More
Chef Harry Williams started his career as a butcher and is now executive chef at the immensely popular Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar in Cambridge.Read More
It’s that time of the year again when we start to think about that special person in our life. However you don’t necessarily have to wait for Valentines Day to let someone you care about know how much they mean to you.Read More
What better way to enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend than with a long lunch or weekend away? Whether you choose to stay put in the city or hop in the car and head north, here’s our top picks which will make your holiday weekend just that little bit special.Read More
We are 18 days into the new year so here’s 18 of our favourite dining destinations to try out in 2018.Read More
There’s a myriad of cycle trails winding their way through New Zealand and we think a cycling tour is a great way to explore our beautiful country. Just because you’re on a bike doesn’t mean you cannot dine in style, so we’ve put together our top picks for you to check out while on your cycling adventure. We think it’s well worth planning to take a break at these eateries and recharging with some fabulous beef and lamb cuisine!Read More
As you step off St. Asaph Street, taking in the contemporary street front, and enter into the dimly lit, open-bricked interior of Bessie – a high-end steak house in Christchurch – you realise you have entered a meat-lover’s restaurant.Read More
As the saying goes, you can’t beat Wellington on a good day. With so much to see, do and eat, it’s hard to choose the perfect spot. But Southern Cross Garden Bar & Restaurant in Te Aro really does have it all, rain or shine!Read More