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Tastiest dishes in Hawke’s Bay named

Taste Cornucopia was named the restaurant with the tastiest dish at this year’s Hawke’s Bay regional Signature Dish competition.

The Hastings restaurant took out the top category for its dish “Taste Hawke’s Bay – The Rocky Road”, which judges described as “a culinary master class, a great representation of Hawke’s Bay produce”.

First-time participant Pacifica Restaurant in Napier was the winner of the casual category with its signature dish of asparagus tortellini with a parmesan crusted quail egg.

Bay Espresso in Hastings won the café category with a dish of gingered pork blessed with bay espresso and served with home-made lemonade.

The competition, which included 37 Hawke’s Bay restaurants and cafes, was overseen by a mystery panel of judges. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House last week.

Food Hawke’s Bay general manager Jane Libby commented: “It has been a delicious success with all the participating restaurants really getting behind the event with innovative recipes using varied local produce and beverage matches for their diners.”

She added: “The event is now one which is on Hawke’s Bay foodies’ calendars so we hope the event will grow from year to year.”

Among the winners of the people’s choice awards was Mission Estate Winery Restaurant, which won the category for best formal service.

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