Blanket Bay Cuisine Accolades

At Blanket Bay we have a commitment to nurturing the creativity and skills of young chefs and this has been rewarded with a string of awards for those chefs over the years.

These results are testimony to the exceptional quality of the Blanket Bay culinary team and the ongoing commitment to excellence and career development by the resort’s owners and management:

2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards - Country Winner - Luxury Hotel Restaurant New Zealand

2015 - Executive Chef Corey Hume wins gold with NZ team - Read more

2013 Chef Vivian wins Pastry Chef of the Year - Read more

2012 Chef Kate wins Commis Chef of the Year

2010 Chef Joseph Clarke takes three gold medals at the Southern Lights Salon Culinaire and is named Southern Lights Chef of the Region for the second year in a row.

2010 Chef Joseph Clarke wins bronze at The Hans Beuschkens World Junior Chef's Challenge in Chile.

2010 Chef Joseph Clarke wins New Zealand Chef of the Year Title.

2009 Chef Mark Sycamore becomes features 'guest chef' at the prestigious Hong Kong Golf & Country Club.

2009 Chef Mark Sycamore wins New Zealand round of the World Association Chefs Society Global Chef Challenge.

2008 Chef Joseph Clarke represents New Zealand at the World Chefs Congress.

2008 Joseph Clarke goes to Dubai to represent New Zealand in the World Junior Chefs challenge.

2008 Chef Morgan Thacker wins South Island Commis Chef of the Year.

2008 Chef Joseph Clarke wins Southern Lights Commis chef of the Year
including 3 gold medals.

2008 Chef Mark Sycamore wins the Southern Lights Open Chef of the Region.

2007 Chef Jason Dell wins National New Zealand Tourism Award for his culinary achievements at Blanket Bay.

2007 Chef Joseph Clarke named New Zealand Commis Chef of the Year at the New Zealand Culinary Fare.

2006 Mark Sycamore, Sous Chef at Blanket Bay, was awarded the title Chef of the Nation at the prestigious New Zealand Culinary Affair 10th October 2006 in Auckland.

2006 Chefs Jason Dell and Gina Finlay finish 4th overall at the 2006 FHA Culinary Championships in Singapore.

2006 Chef Joseph Clarke receives Supreme Winner of the Toque d'Or competition.

2004 2004 Southern Lights Salon Culinaire, Chef Aaron Ballantyne places first in all classes entered, Pastry Chef Natasha Le Grange collects a Gold and 2 Silvers, and Sous Chef Mark Sycamore collected overall prize for Chef of the Region. Mark Sycamore and Jason Dell take out 'Brigade of the Region'.

2004 Chef Mark Sycamore wins a creditable third in Europe's top competition for chefs under 25 - the Gordon Ramsay Scholar Award grand final.

2003 At the 2003 Southern Light Salon Culinaire competition Blanket Bay chefs set the scene for the Queenstown region, returning with 4 Gold and 4 Silver medals.