Auckland’s Botswana Butchery has been named the Premier Master of Fine Cuisine at the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards, held in Auckland.
The popular restaurant also won awards for Best Beef Dish and Best Metro.
Executive Chef Stuart Rogan, who manages Botswana Butchery in Auckland and Queenstown as well as Auckland’s Harbourside Ocean Bar and Grill, impressed judges with his dish of Silver Fern Farms Reserve beef eye fillet, braised short rib with parsley, mustard and horseradish crust, carrot puree, asparagus, whipped garlic and cep jus.
The Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards, now in their third year, celebrate the artistry and creativity of New Zealand’s top red meat chefs by inviting them to create an original dish using a Silver Fern Farms cut of lamb, beef, venison or SILERE alpine origin merino.
Sixty-two entrants from Kerikeri to Queenstown were narrowed down to twelve finalists by judges Kerry Tyack and Tony Adcock.
Head judge Tyack described Rogan’s dish as “consistent and faultless”.
“The dish set the bar with its superb technique and stunning celebration of the art of meat preparation. The whipped garlic was the masterstroke that tied it all together. It was considered, colourful, carefully combined and ultimately satisfying,” he said.
Rogan said he was humbled by the award which he believed showed hard work paid off.
Other Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards winners were:
Best Lamb Dish: (joint winners) Palate Restaurant, Hamilton and Salt on The Waterfront, New Plymouth
Best Venison Dish: Pravda Café, Wellington
Best Regional: Pitches Store, Ophir, Central Otago
Diners can experience the finalist and winning dishes until the end of March.