The La Chaine des Rotisserurs Cook Islands and Cook Islands Chefs Association Restaurant of the Year Awards dinner at the Islander Hotel on Saturday night saw the owners, chefs and staff of six Cook Islands restaurants celebrate their spot as finalists.
The La Chaine des Rotisserurs Cook Islands president Philip Nordt said Manuia Beach Resort, Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Pacific Resort Muri, Sails Restaurant and Little Polynesian Resort presented an extremely high standard of fine dining.
But the top award went to Nautilus Resort’s restaurant, which received a gold medal, $1000 from Prime Foods and a bottle of Bollinger champagne from the Bond Store.
Besides the Supreme Winner of the Restaurant of the Year there were also prizes for best service which went to Pacific Resort Muri, best food and wine which went to Pacific Resort Aitutaki and best atmosphere which was awarded to Manuia Beach Resort.
Most innovative and original eatery went to Sails Restaurant and best menu went to the Little Polynesian Resort.
The awards were chosen by hundreds of the most powerful and fussy critics – the diners themselves.
Earlier this month diners had the chance to rate restaurant menus during their dining experience, and the Cook Islands Chefs Association collated the results.
Nordt said all six finalists scored 90 and above out of 100, highlighting the exceptional quality of local restaurants.