Author(s): Bevan Smith
Riverstone Kitchen, the Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year in 2010, embodies seasonal cooking, with simplicity the key, using the best produce available. The restaurant is located on the Waitaki Plains, 12 km north of Oamaru in North Otago, where cold, crisp winters and hot, dry summers make it the perfect place for cultivating a good range of produce. Riverstone Kitchen is organized along seasonal lines and is designed to inspire both cooks and gardeners to make the most of their local seasonal produce. Short of booking a table at Riverstone Kitchen, the Riverstone Kitchen cookbook offers the next best way of sharing in the unique Riverstone experience.
One of Bevan Smith's philosophies is that the same high standards recognized in first-class restaurants should be utilized anywhere in the world. Bevan opened Riverstone Kitchen in 2006 after moving home with his wife Monique to start a family and he is fast becoming one of New Zealand's most recognized chefs.