Is Wellington really New Zealand’s capital of cuisine? Really?
Is Wellington’s claim on New Zealand’s culinary crown purely based on facts and statistics, do you think?
Now I’m no statistician but surely Auckland has more restaurants, more cafes, more bars, more chefs and more hungry people. It is home to more of New Zealand’s best and brightest celebrity chefs’ restaurants than anywhere else and an annual event for foodies that is just as great as Wellington on a Plate.
Sure, Wellington’s tourism board can point to the fact that its restaurants had taken out the top prize at the Cuisine Restaurant of the Year awards four times but Auckland restaurants have won it the last two years in a row.
And what of all the other fabulous prizes up for grabs? At this year’s awards Auckland restaurants took out four of the eight categories, including the supreme award (The Grill) and the best metropolitan restaurant (The Grove).
Wellington restaurants took out one category – Martin Bosley’s won the prize for best specialist restaurant – putting the city on par with the likes of Hamilton and Whangarei.
Besides, Wellington is already New Zealand's Windy City, the Coolest Little Capital, Wellywood, the Middle of Middle-Earth – and whatever else it’s calling itself these days.
Is there any title the city won’t claim as its own, besides not a single Super Rugby championship? Must it really take the title of New Zealand’s culinary capital, too?
I’m not absolutely positively sure it deserves it. How about you?
- Felix Foodcritic
* To Felix's credit – even celebrity chef Al Brown is now leaving Wellington to concentrate on Auckland! Ed.
Felix is at it again – this time (sarcastically) praising McDonalds as the best restaurant in the world.
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