2018 Participant: Amayjen the Restaurant


In Canterbury, there exists a place where the climate is perfect for food to grow and plants to flourish. Better yet, the range of produce from the area is rich and varied – seafood, game, truffles, fruit – and it’s all in one region. Eating a meal or drinking a glass of wine is like tasting the area itself.  The creation of dishes with ingredients sourced from one region tells a story that ties the place together. There is a knowledge and familiarity that those in the region have with their surroundings. They know the best times to pick, to plant and to hunt. They know where the food has come from, how it has been produced, and through this, present an opportunity to have a connection to what you eat.

In our modern world, people are starting to appreciate the idea of slowing down, and the value that can be found in knowing where your food is sourced.  There’s a lot to be said for eating fresh food that is seasonal, within a reasonable distance from where you live, from the land, river and oceans that surround you. There is no better place, and no greater a variety and scope of fresh produce in one region, than in Canterbury. There is an incredible array of food that can be gathered from the seashore, mountains, estuaries, ocean, hills, orchards, roadsides and farms.


Plate of Origin Dish coming soon

Hero Products coming soon


Amayjen opened its doors in November 2014, in the town of “Friendly Feilding” after transforming an old Tyre Shop into an “Exquisite Industrial Chic Fine Dining Restaurant”, with original polished floors & two separate private dining rooms. Amayjen is something different by putting an emphasis on flavour and exquisite presentation. Amayjen serve some of the most playful and evocative dishes.“High Quality and Excellence with Ingredients, Presentation and Service” (using fresh local and seasonal produce when and where possible). Wine and Beer Matched with all main dishes.

CHEF | Andrew May

Andrew has many years experience working in hospitality and brings a wealth of expert knowledge and skill to the Amayjen kitchen. Andrew is a former Scottish Chef of the Year winner, earning the immensely prestigious Award in 2009/2010 along with many other awards.