Sporting stars set to announce New Zealand’s top beef and lamb restaurants

Beef and lamb excellence on a plate.

Two of New Zealand’s sporting heroes Sarah Walker and Eliza McCartney are gearing up to announce New Zealand’s top beef and lamb restaurants.

Restaurants across the nation will be announced as 2017 recipients of the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards at a reveal event on December 6, in Auckland.

As the nation’s longest running culinary accolades, now in their 21st year, the Excellence Awards recognise the skill, talent and expertise of chefs around the country who consistently present high quality beef and lamb dishes at their restaurants.

Iron Maidens Sarah Walker (left) and Eliza McCartney are gearing up for the announcement.
Iron Maidens Sarah Walker (left) and Eliza McCartney are gearing up for the announcement.

Over the past few months, culinary trained experts have anonymously assessed each restaurant twice based on factors such as presentation, taste, degree of cooking and the overall appeal of their beef and lamb dishes.

On December 6, a gold plate will mark those restaurants who have reached the desired standard of the Beef and Lamb Excellence Award.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s foodservice manager, Lisa Moloney says the awards are a great way to showcase the best beef and lamb cuisine in the country and acknowledge the talent of our chefs.

“Beef and lamb are iconic to New Zealand and the Excellence Awards highlight exactly where locals and visitors can go for an exceptional meal outside their own homes – be it fine-dining or somewhere more casual,” says Moloney.

“Not only that but we’re also able to celebrate the skill level of our chefs; as with our Iron Maidens who will be announcing the award holders, these chefs are among the best in the world and they do our country proud.”

The 2017 Beef + Lamb New Zealand five Ambassador Chefs will also be revealed next month. These five chefs have proven to be at the pinnacle of beef and lamb cookery.

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