Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards 2016 Finalists Announced

21 November 2016

After receiving a record number of entries the judges of the Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards have found their twelve finalists. In the end it was the use of creative cuts and innovative techniques that separated the best chefs from the rest by the smallest of margins.

The field was narrowed down from 73 entrants who created an original dish using one of the Silver Fern Farms’ cuts of lamb, beef or venison. Beef has proven popular with judges with seven beef dishes making the finals, using a wide variety of cuts including short rib, tongue, and beef cheeks.

The final restaurants are spread from Waiheke Island to Ophir. Three restaurants, Palate Restaurant (Hamilton), Pitches Café and Restaurant (Ophir), Salt on the Waterfront (New Plymouth), are backing up on their success after also being finalists last year. In the case of Palate Restaurant, this is the fourth straight year that chef Mat McLean has made the cut.