2017 Participant: The Grove & Nosh


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Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland’s top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service. With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outstanding recognition for the creation of its fine dining oasis. The Grove is very ingredient driven using organic and sustainable meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Grove has been a finalist in Cuisine Magazine’s Restaurant of the year from 2004-2011 and Winner of Cuisine Best Metropolitan Restaurant 2012. The décor is intimate and warm and the restaurant is nestled next to the newly renovated historic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of Auckland city. Michael’s extensive award winning wine list features wines from around the world and he and his team are always available to match the perfect wine to compliment your meal. The service is professional and friendly which creates a relaxed and sophisticated dining experience. The restaurant has a comfortable wine bar for pre dinner drinks and hand crafted cocktails. We invite you to experience our award winning restaurant where food and wine come together passionately.

CHEF | Josh Barlow

Josh Barlow is the Head Chef at The Grove in Auckland.

His first job was at the famous Huka Lodge. Josh then travelled to the UK to work for two years under the world class chef Michael Caines at the 1 Michelin star, The Bath Priory. Following this he then completed long stints with Claude Bosi at the 2 Michelin star Hibiscus and then was part of the opening team at the high profiled launch of Fera at Claridges which won a Michelin star after five months of being open.

In 2016 Josh was a Semi Finalist in the San Pellegrino Young Chef competition where he travelled to Melbourne to compete against nine others from Australia and New Zealand.

He was also flown to Japan to be a part of a three part video series for VICE called ‘Welcome to the Other Side’ where he was filmed exploring Tokyo and cooking together with a local chef.

Photo credit: Caitlan Mitchell, Restaurant and Cafe News


Located within Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre, in the heart of Palmerston North’s CBD, Nosh restaurant is a great place for a bite to eat and a drink with friends, family or business contacts. Nosh Restaurant’s award-winning head chef Mark Harman and his talented team serve a blend of local and international cuisine in an elegant modern setting, using the best local produce, accompanied by a great wine selection. The buffet breakfast offers a range of tasty options, and the delicious à la Carte dinner menu presents traditional dishes with a modern twist.

CHEF | Mark Harman

Mark Harman has returned to his hometown, Palmerston North, after four years in Auckland and has joined Distinction Hotel as the Executive Chef.

Mark brings with him a wealth experience having spent more than 21 years in the hospitality industry. Mark has worked as a Head and Sous Chef in many high-end fine dining establishments such as Huka Lodge, Amanyara Luxury Resort and Dine by Peter Gordon & Bellota tapas bar. Mark has cooked for Hollywood celebrities, the Queen of England and has won many awards in both culinary competitions and Restaurant awards including New Zealand Beef & Lamb Hallmark of excellence, Metro awards and three times 1st runner up regional Chef of the Year.

Mark is the entrepreneur chef creator of the supermarket brand SEASONS GOURMET where he has a range of soups, sauces, pestos and dips selling nationwide. His view on food is to keep things simple, using flavours that marry well together without over complicating things. He is classically trained and loves to create seasonal menus using the very best of local produce and showcasing what New Zealand has to offer.

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.

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