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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

So, Where Do Chefs Eat?

About a year ago I was approached to contribute to a restaurant guidebook 'Where Chefs Eat'. This month the book was finally published and is available at most bookstores!

The recommendations range from hard-to-find 'hole-in-the-walls' to internationally-lauded Michelin-starred restaurants. It includes my top picks of places to eat, along with the recommendations of 400 other top internationals chefs. It's one of the most comprehensive guides of it's kind and the #1 tool to have if you plan to eat your way around the world!

Here is the inside scoop on why I chose this selection ...

@thai - Queenstown, NZ
Cheap eats! Good value, as its a good standard of food for very reasonable prices.

Atlas Beer Cafe - Queenstown, NZ
This is Queenstown's home of craft beer. But quite simply, it's my favourite refuge away from it all. We go here to chill out after work for a beer or after a bike ride ... or, of course, for no reason at all!

The Cow - Queenstown, NZ
One of my favourite buildings in town, it's has such a cool atmosphere/surroundings and the pizzas are good too!

The Fat Duck - Berkshire, England
Heston Blumenthal's 'The Fat Duck' lives up to it's world-renowned reputation. Here I experienced the most perfect meal I have ever eaten!!! If you ask our CEO and resident foodie, Mark I think he would definitely agree!

Fergburger - Queenstown, NZ
This place has made it into Lonely Planet - say no more!

Fishbone - Queenstown, NZ
Always reliable,always reasonable and always friendly. It's a safe dinner choice you can count on to deliver.

Fleurs Place - Moeraki, NZ
Full of character, it's in an amazing location and is a MUST for travellers!

Hikari - Queenstown, NZ
For the sushi-lovers! They make some of the best sushi in town.

Hopgoods - Nelson, NZ
Basically just a pleasant, enjoyable meal. If you are in the area, it's definitely a safe bet so check it out.

Kappa - Queenstown, NZ
This is probably my most-eaten-at restaurant. I just love the Japanese food and the quirky d├ęcor is a bit of fun.

Merediths - Auckland, NZ
I think I can go on the record to say that I had the best meal I have eaten in New Zealand here, so it is DEFINITELY worth a look!

Pescatore - Christchurch, NZ
I stumbled upon this place when I got a bargain $2 flight to Christchurch. I wasn't expecting much, so it came as a real surprise to me when it more than met my expectations and turned out to be very nice.

Vudu Cafe - Queenstown, NZ
Has the best coffee and one of those food cabinets where you just want to devour the lot!

WD-50 - New York, USA Fun and amazing at the same time, it would be in my top 3 best meals of all time. So casual, so unpretentious, yet so clever and awesome at the same time! I haven't had a meal that good since The Fat Duck.

Yakitori Daruma - Queenstown, NZ
A nice place at night to sit, having a beer and some nibbles. The room has a good atmosphere too.Solera Vino was also on the list, but unfortunately is now closed.


  1. superb post..sharing information related to Queenstown.
    Queenstown Restaurants

    1. Thank you Patrick! Queenstown is such a hub of Otago cuisine, I had to share a few of the best spots to keep the guests happy ;)