The hard work and consistent innovation of Auckland’s chefs are what keeps this city’s culinary landscape so interesting. They truly are the driving force behind the vast and varied cuisine on offer here. In our Best Chef category, notable figures included the eminently talented Ben Bayly from Ahi, Gavin Doyle from Soul Bar & Bistro, and Gareth Stewart from Andiamo and Jervois Steak House. But it was ultimately Yukio Ozeki, the exceptional culinary mind behind Azabu and Ebisu, who garnered the most votes (the second year in a row he has won) for his tasty menus spanning Japanese-Peruvian dishes (at Azabu and Azabu Mission Bay) and more classic, contemporary Japanese fare (at Ebisu).
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