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SUSTAINABILITY – it’s a loaded term that has most of us feeling either smug or vaguely guilty.


Please read carefullt, because the information you are about to consume should be tucked away in your memory, or somewhere on your cloud storage solution of choice, as your ultimate food experience bucket list.


As recent events in Christchurch have taught us, the world can be cruel. Tragedy can strike leaving us forever changed. However, among the injustices we must look for the good, as when we do it is found all around us.


As we surge towards our Cuisine Good Food Awards for 2019 and the allocation of our hats for the very best of the best dining experiences in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to visit New York, and I made a beeline for the four restaurants that made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2018.


On 6 December 2018 the light in the wine community dimmed when wine broker, cheesemaker, forager, oak lover, woman-in-wine and beloved wife and mother Karryn Bish tragically passed away.


Much respected Auckland restaurateur Tony Stewart is a dedicated long-term player at the high end of the NZ dining scene. Yet back in October 2017, Tony shocked the New Zealand hospitality community when he announced that he was closing his beloved Clooney restaurant and was finished with fine dining.


When we asked the broadcaster, writer and vitality-plus foodie Peter Sinclair to contribute a piece for Cuisine in 1999, with the theme of New Zealand treasures, he sprang to the occasion with “Thanks for the Memory”.


People who think that seafood should only be enjoyed fresh are elitist and in denial. If onions and pickles can be deep fried, there is no reason why seafood should not be.

Big Fish

A group of Chefs from around the world gathered close to two impressive fire pits dug on a grassy slope in the Upper Moutere Valley. Cuisine’s newly crowned Future Food Legend, Monique Fiso, was helping to dig up a feast she’d prepared, which had been slow- cooking all day in a traditional hāngi pit. Alongside, a dozen magnificent sides of cedar-planked Ōra King salmon were slowly roasting in the heat and smoke of an open fire pit.

48 Hours in Nelson

You probably already know that Nelson is the original home of the internationally acclaimed phenomenon known as WOW (World of WearableArt).



Imagine my deilght as my New York cab pulled up just after midnight at my hotel on Broadway (ON-BROADWAY!) and I looked across the road to see a market that was still open!


Please read carefullt, because the information you are about to consume should be tucked away in your memory, or somewhere on your cloud storage solution of choice, as your ultimate food experience bucket list.


One cannot talk about Sri Lanka without acknowledging the civil war which ripped apart this island nation for over 25 years.

Creating Delicious Journeys

Throughout the year, in all corners of the globe, Relais & Châteaux properties present exceptional events which marry fine food and wine with diverse cultural and educational experiences. We present a selection of the upcoming series from our New Zealand lodges.


As an Isthmus, Tāmaki Makaurau is surrounded by water, but there aren’t actually too many spots blessed with both a view of the sparkling blue as well as fabulous food. Here is a roundup of several eateries that do it right.


You never really need an excuse to visit glorious Marlborough, but for four days in May the region gears up for the Feast Marlborough festival, celebrating all that is fresh, local and good.


After three glorious days exploring my old stomping ground I realised the ante has been upped for those in search of a gourmet Perth city experience.

View to a Tipple

If you are a visitor to Queenstown you will find yourself on the magnificent lakefront – it’s what you do in Queenstown. And once there, you can’t miss the glorious, palatial façade of Eichardt’s Private Hotel, dating back to 1867. It’s a significant local landmark, born as a result of the rich vein of gold that attracted many prospectors and opportunists from around the world to the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Up the Line

Imagine a magnificent day out tasting flavours and ingredients that you might never have tried before, mixing with people who are passionate and knowledgeable about premium food, and along the way hearing inspiring stories of determination, ingenuity, risk and innovation?


Sauvignon Blanc, salmon and salt. It’s often what comes to mind when you think of Marlborough. Of course it is much more diverse than that. From the idyllic northern Marlborough Sounds to the beginnings of the Kaikoura Ranges in the south, the vast, wide plain of the Wairau Valley makes for varied geography and a wealth of wine, food and experiences.


Trips to Australia now find me constantly comparing their restaurant offerings to what we have in New Zealand, trying to get a measure on what we do well and what opportunities might exist to increase our rating as a must-visit culinary destination.

Living for the City

This is the third year in which Cuisine has been media partner for Plate of Origin, an annual competition showcasing chefs from across New Zealand. Hosted in Manawatu, seven local restaurants sought a partnership with a renowned restaurant in a region allocated to them at random.