2018 Participant: Aberdeen

Waikato

Fertile soils and a long-standing farming heritage mean the Hamilton & Waikato region is renowned for its agricultural industry, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also home to a range of gourmet experiences. From Hamilton’s award-winning fine dining restaurants to the growing number of food-focused markets and events, combined with an array of top-quality artisan producers including cheese, ice cream, tea, craft beer and fresh produce, the region is a foodie’s heaven.

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ABERDEEN

Centred in the hub of Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North, Aberdeen is located in one of Palmerston North’s historic buildings. Aberdeen is the perfect setting for fine dining or a relaxed social occasion. A combination of the finest contemporary cuisine, an extensive wine list, ambience, and exceptional service gives Aberdeen on Broadway the leading edge. Aberdeen serves award winning AngusPure beef, which is simply in a league of its own. AngusPure is the only beef to have won the prestigious ‘Steak of Origin’ award five consecutive years (2004-2009). However, not only is the unbeatable taste of succulent mouth-watering AngusPure on offer but Aberdeen also specialise in a range of tantalising seasonal cuisine dishes cooked to perfection.

CHEF | Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson started as a kitchen hand at the Bathhouse (now Aberdeen) when he was 16 years old, working there for over 4 years. After becoming the sous chef, Craig worked at Dejeuner, before spending 10 years in Sydney restaurants. After gaining a wealth of experience, Craig the moved back to Palmerston North’s Aberdeen as the Head Chef. Craig’s food is modern European, which has seen him win beef and lamb awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as being the runner up for chef of the year 2014. Craig has an obvious passion for food, and a love for creating new dishes.