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Otago Chef Makes History as the First New Zealander to Secure Prestigious World’s Best Chef List

Otago Chef Makes History as the First New Zealander to Secure Prestigious World’s Best Chef List
In a groundbreaking moment for New Zealand's culinary scene, Amisfield's Executive Chef, Vaughan Mabee, has secured the 44th position in the prestigious Top 100 Best Chef Awards.

The Top 100 Best Chef Awards serve as a celebration of culinary mastery on an international scale, showcasing the most outstanding talents in the industry.

Mabee’s inclusion in this illustrious lineup underscores his exceptional contributions in bringing the unique flavours of New Zealand gastronomy to the forefront of the global culinary stage.

The chef sit upon the list with culinary luminaries such as Rene Redzepi (4th, Noma Restaurant, Denmark), Heston Blumenthal (49th, UK), Josh Niland (32nd, Saint Peter, Sydney), and Peter Gilmore (73rd, Quay, Sydney). 

Renowned for its commitment to delivering an exceptional dining experience, Amisfield has consistently set the standard for culinary excellence. The hyper-seasonal menu focuses on highlighting the unique and endemic flavours of Central Otago’s food and wine, a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to authenticity.

Meet the guardians of the grapes at this award-winning Central Otago winery

Simon Toneycliffe, Amisfield CEO, expresses his delight at the recognition of Vaughan Mabee’s talent. Toneycliffe remarks, “It is truly remarkable that a winery restaurant can realise this level of recognition, and we are beyond delighted.”

Dabiz Muñoz, born in Madrid, took out the top spot for 2023. The chef has built a reputation as a pioneering and creative adventurer. He continually surprises with his unique approach to cooking, which he describes as ‘brutal’.



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