Hopgoods second at awards

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Nelson restaurant Hopgood’s was named runner-up in the Kitchen Aid Best Regional Restaurant at the Cuisine New Zealand Good Food Awards held in Auckland on Tuesday night.

Canterbury restaurant Roots has been named New Zealand Restaurant of the Year thanks to an innovative approach and creative dishes that focus on local ingredients.

The degustation-only Lyttelton restaurant is owned by chef Giulio Sturla and his partner Christy Martin – the pair set up the restaurant in 2012, following the 2011 Canterbury quake.

Roots also took out the Ōra King Salmon Innovation Award for its pioneering approach to produce and sustainability. ”

Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards’ head judge Kerry Tyack said it was great to see winners of the awards drawn from throughout the country, along with the number of hatted restaurants increase.

“We’re very happy to have superb winners from Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Auckland. And the quality of restaurants increases every year in these awards – seven more restaurants gained coveted chef’s hats this year.”