2017 Participant: Light Harbour Bistro & La Patio


Plate of Origin Dish and Hero Ingredients Tasman Bay Gurnard & Sheep Cream Cheese


The Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant is an iconic 2 story building on the Nelson waterfront with fantastic views over the water towards Haulashore Island and the boulder bank. The intimate dining room is smart casual and the food focuses on local product with good technique and a little rustic flair. A popular destination for tourists and locals alike the Harbour Light has a comfortable beach house feel to it. Steve and his team greet customers from their open kitchen upon arrival, which helps add to the local family restaurant feeling

CHEF | Steve Coyne

fullsizerender-55Steve is the owner/chef at the Harbour Light Bistro on Nelsons waterfront since its opening in 2010 It was just the project Steve was looking for after spending many years overseas. Upon deciding to return to New Zealand Steve found Nelson to be the ideal spot to settle down. Initially trained in New Zealand Steve went on to work for Hilton Hotels in London, UK and Seehotel Siber in Konstanz, Germany before going to sea on super yachts.


La Patio Café & Bar can be found in the Hotel Coachman in Palmerston North City. La Patio has a welcoming ambience and with refurbishments recently completed there is no better place to dine. La Patio’s highly trained, national and international chefs have developed a new menu using only the freshest local and international produce. The style of cuisine La Patio offers is Mediterranean Pacific Rim. Located at the front of the hotel, La Patio Café offers diners both indoor and alfresco dining.

CHEF | Dexter Gallaza

Dexter Gallaza is the Head Chef at La Patio, located in The Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North. He is a prime example of a professional who decided to pursue his passion and completely changed his career direction. His passion and love for food was his main motivation in setting up his small food catering business back in the Philippines. Following his move to NZ in 2012, he recently finished a 2 and a half year apprenticeship course and is now a fully qualified NZ chef.

Although new to the food industry, the busy and buzzing lunch and dinner nights and at La Patio Cafe is proof that this up and coming chef has a lot to offer and is someone to look out for. His repertoire today spans all type of dishes from traditional-home-style dishes to modern fusion cooking. The foundation of his dishes is mostly Asian, but since moving to NZ, has adopted spices and style from other cuisines.

Nelson is a total package of inspiring people and activity within a unique natural environment, a focus on art and artisans and excellence in producing fine wine and craft beer. The culture is mirrored in the exquisite seafood and gourmet meals from a range of restaurants. The famous Nelson Market is the ultimate eclectic experience. Famed for aromatics, chardonnay and pinot noir, Nelson is home to some of NZ’s best wineries who pride themselves on excellence and boutique quality.

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