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Now open: JSH in Queenstown

It seems that celebrity chefs are on the menu in Queenstown, where MasterChef judge Simon Gault has opened his latest restaurant less than a year after fellow judge Josh Emett moved into town.

Is this a symptom of a celebrity chef rivalry? Or is it merely a sign that Queenstown is the latest challenger to Wellington’s claim as the culinary capital of New Zealand? Either way, Queenstown is very lucky indeed.

Gault’s newest restaurant, The Jervois Steak House (JSH), his sixth in New Zealand and first on the South Island, boasts almost enough prime New Zealand meat to turn even the most ardent vegetarian into a ravenous carnivore.

We’re talking signature prime rib selected from the finest 150 day grain-fed black angus dry aged and roasted; black angus sirloin cooked on the bone; Mackenzie lamb rack; venison; rotisserie chicken and buffalo burgers with special sauce.

When available, JSH also serves up Blackmore wagyu (or kobe beef) – a tender, succulent meat that is often considered the best of its kind outside of Japan, with a consistent marble score of more than nine out of 12.

Be warned, however, a 100g taster of this mouth-watering delicacy will set you back $60 – with the price doubling for a 200g slice.

Now open in Queenstown’s emerging Brecon Street dining quarter, Queenstown’s JSH is similar to the Jervois Steak House in Auckland’s Herne Bay, with the same elegant yet laid-back décor and killer carnivore menu.

It does desserts, too, including New York cheesecake, baked Alaska, Spanish chocolate fudge figs and a crowd of national and international cheeses.

Meanwhile, the Michelin star-winning Emett opened his fine-dining restaurant – Rata – on Stanley Street in Queenstown in May 2012, with a menu that takes inspiration from the surrounding countryside itself.

See the Menus guide to New Zealand celebrity chef restaurants for more details.

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