In early 2014, a selection of New Zealand's best chefs were invited to submit a dish using one of the finest Silver Fern Farms lamb, beef, venison or SILERE alpine origin merino cuts in the hope to win the coveted title of '2014 Premier Master of Fine Cuisine' in the second year of the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards.
Sixty-nine restaurants entered, and judges travelled from Matakana to Queenstown scrupulously inspecting each dish. The list was narrowed to just 9 chefs, and after submitting their dishes one last time for judging, last night the winner was crowned at a special event held in Auckland.
The panel of expert judges deemed Head Chef and owner of Whitianga's No8 Restaurant, Scott Corbett's dish to be 'faultess'. Scott utilised Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Reserve beef eye fillet to create a deliciously simple dish with Parma ham, truffle mushrooms, spinach, potato pom-poms, red onion and blue cheese.
Mikey Newlands of Bracu restaurant and Mat McLean of Hamilton's Palate restaurant were both awarded Highly Commended titles in the closely fought competition for their commitment to celebrating New Zealand's very best produce.
For more information about the awards and a full list of finalists, visit www.silverfernfarms.com/premierselectionawards.