Meet our Plate of Origin 2018 winning team, Manawatu-Auckland with chefs Scott Kennedy and Kate Fay, representing Nero Restaurant and Cibo.
Plate of Origin Dish: Kahuterawa Angus sirloin, with flavours of Te Matuku oysters, crispy beef tendons, heirloom tomatoes and sticky beef Bon Bon
Hero Products: Kahuterawa Angus beef (breeding stock from Forbes and Angus Cameron) and Te Matuku Oysters, Waiheke Island
Built in 1918, Nero Restaurant encompasses a stunning Victorian character home with excellent food that leading Head Chef & Owners Scott & Yvette Kennedy are renowned for in Palmerston North. Nero offers warm cosy surroundings in the winter or take time to cool down in summer – dine in our tranquil outdoor alfresco area surrounded by established trees, gardens and pool. Wander through the many French doors; escape to the expansive decking, sample the divine selection of wine. Nero Restaurant is a multi-award winning restaurant having received Manawatu Restaurant of the Year, Beef Dish of the Year and Maitre’d Host of the Year multiple times.
CHEF | Scott Kennedy
Head Chef Scott Kennedy owns Nero Restaurant with wife Yvette. Scott is a well-known face in the Manawatu restaurant scene having been in the area since he completed his training in the late 80s. Scott has been named a Beef+Lamb Ambassador; this will be Scott’s fourth time as an Ambassador Chef.
Nestled in an old chocolate factory in Parnell, Cibo opened more than 20 years ago. It has consistently proven itself to be one of Auckland’s top restaurants.
Seasonal availability of produce necessitates regular revision of the menu. It’s a menu for the pleasure of the palate based on the taste of the ingredients not the whims of the trend magazines.
The restaurant is understandably proud of its atmosphere of splendour and it also offers alfresco dining.
CHEF | Kate Fay
Kate developed her career with time spent cooking overseas and then in some of Auckland’s great institutions. In 1999 she joined Cibo, one of Auckland’s favourite haunts for those in the know. Over time Kate’s cooking style has evolved through travel and she has managed to capture a blend of Asian and European flavours, and brings to the plate amazing tastes, colours, flavours and textures.
Kate is Auckland born and raised and has been described by The New Zealand Herald as “an artist, an adventurer, a genius in the kitchen”. She is inspired by high-quality, accessible New Zealand ingredients, and churns out casual yet refined cuisine. Her main objective is to capture the essence of primary ingredients and use combinations that enhance and highlight while remaining sensitive to when products are at their best.
Auckland’s vibrant food and wine scene serves up something for every taste – from modern Pacific-Rim dishes to cuisine from every corner of the globe. Dine overlooking the water at Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter, or take your pick from the eclectic restaurants in the stylish Britomart and Federal Street precincts. Hip Ponsonby is home to modern cafes and eateries, or grab a casual bite or craft beer at City Works Depot. The inner city suburbs of Mount Eden and Kingsland are full of lively restaurants and buzzing bars, or pop over to Takapuna on the North Shore to dine at one of the restaurants facing the beach.
As well as Auckland’s varied dining precincts, you can pick up delectable artisan foods at some of the superb farmers’ markets like the Clevedon market and Matakana market or closer to the city, La Cigale French Markets in Parnell, a foodie’s paradise. Auckland has not one but three distinctive wine regions, producing superb wines in a range of varieties. Beautiful Waiheke Island is a must for wine lovers, with 30 boutique wineries and vineyards dotted across the island – all surrounded by glorious scenery.