For the twentieth time, culinary trained professionals are assessing beef and lamb dishes across the country for the annual Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards. The nation’s longest running culinary awards credit the talent of chefs and restaurants who consistently produced a high calibre of cuisine, testimony to the timelessness of New Zealand beef and lamb.

Entries have poured in over the past month with existing Excellence Award holders hoping to secure themselves another plate. The assessment period runs until the end of October, where culinary trained anonymous assessors attend and assess the dishes of hopeful restaurants. For more information visit www.nzexcellenceawards.co.nz.

Picture from Chef Marc Soper