Discover the top chefs who have helped New Zealand earn the reputation as an exciting fine food destination for discerning foodies.
New Zealand chef Josh Emett is rated amongst the best in the world. Emett's rise to chef stardom has taken him on a global journey to some of the most famous and highly acclaimed eating establishments where he’s worked with top international chefs and wowed the rich and famous with his culinary talents.
Emett opened his first restaurant in New Zealand in 2012 in Queenstown. Rātā(opens in new window), takes inspiration from the southern landscape and showcases the best in New Zealand wine and cuisine. The fine-dining establishment is rated as one of New Zealand's best and is a must-do for any foodie who visits Queenstown.
Alister Brown – chef, TV presenter, writer and restaurant-owner – is one of the best known faces of New Zealand cuisine.
Since co-founding an iconic Wellington restaurant in 1996, Alister Brown's career has diversified into writing cookbooks, television cooking shows, producing food products and, most recently, the establishment of new eateries and food outlets in Auckland.
Now based in Auckland, Brown can be found in any one of his three trendy city centre establishments - Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar(opens in new window), Best Ugy Bagels(opens in new window) and Federal Delicatessen(opens in new window). Depot and Federal are located in the Federal Street entertainment precinct adjacent to the Sky Tower, and Best Ugy is not far away within the new cafe hub at City Works Depot.