Hello. An update from us on the Cuisine Good Food Awards for 2019.
We have faced some significant challenges this year with the unexpected loss of our major sponsor just as we were to start our final round of judging. These challenges caught us by surprise, however, they have given us the opportunity to take a fresh look at how we might approach these important awards for 2019.
Cuisine recently attended the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards in Singapore, where we had the opportunity to network with influential chefs, food writers and food and drink experts from around the globe, and a chance to plant the seed regarding New Zealand and the quality of our emerging food and drink scene. At a time when we were realising that our own restaurant awards could be at risk, this global event, and its focus on the importance of highlighting culinary excellence and food tourism, has given us the additional passion and fuel to ensure that our New Zealand restaurants, wine and beverage makers and chefs are celebrated and recognised in what are the only national and independent awards for the New Zealand hospitality industry. Without these awards there is no credible benchmark for New Zealand. The awards, and the resulting Cuisine Good Food Guide, not only provide much-needed and respected feedback for the industry, they also showcase restaurant options across a variety of tastes and styles from casual to experimental to fine dining, along with the premium ingredients and products that New Zealand is fast becoming famous for. It is a fabulous time to be eating out in New Zealand and it is our job, with the crucial support of our partners, to ensure that New Zealand and the rest of the world know that!
We are so pleased to announce that thanks to the continued support of a group of premium companies that are completely committed to investing in and recognising the hard work and achievements of our New Zealand hospitality professionals, the final round of the judging has commenced and the Cuisine Good Food Awards results will be announced in November 2019.
We’ve made some adjustments to our scoring and rating for the Cuisine Good Food Awards hat allocations this year and have also made some changes to the way we will deliver our awards announcement for 2019. The video below will take you through key points and changes.
Our heartfelt thanks to Cardrona Distillery, Epicure Trading, Estrella Damm, Kenwood, Ōra King, Pamu, Pead PR and San Pellegrino for their support. Without it, we would not have been able to proceed with the 2019 awards.
Stay tuned to our social channels @cuisinemagazine and cuisine.co.nz for awards updates and we will meet you back here for the announcement of the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2019 on 25 November.
Let’s do this, New Zealand!
KEL & VANESSA
Slick & Sassy Media Ltd.