Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa were delighted to be awarded the Overall Winner title at the New Zealand/Samoa Friendship Week Restaurant Challenge last week.
The winning dish a slow roasted Kiwi duck served with breadfruit hash was a combination of influences from both New Zealand and Samoa.
“We are feeling pretty shocked and happy,” said owner, Gavin Brightwell. “We have entered this competition three times now; the first year when we were only open for a few months and we won the best service award which was amazing.”
“Last year we entered and won the most innovative and skill award and now for us to win the overall award this is just amazing. I have to give a lot of this to my wife Lou who comes from a culinary background; we are also proud of our staff; our chefs and our service staff.”
Dishes were judged between the 5th – 15th of August where participating restaurants had to present new dishes for judging; the dishes had to fuse both New Zealand and Samoan ingredients.
“The story of the friendship restaurant week goes back a fair way; you could say it goes back 55 years because the friendship that we’re talking about is the treaty of friendship that was signed by New Zealand and Samoa 55 years ago,” said New Zealand High Commissioner, Jackie Frizelle. “It’s come into its own; the quality of the food, the number of participating restaurants the experience the people are gaining; it has really turned into a huge event and Samoa is turning into a foodie’s destination… it’s fantastic.”
Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa combines luxury and comfort with the natural splendour of the beautiful island of Upolu, Samoa. A white, sandy beach and breath-taking, tranquil blue waters provide the perfect setting for this stunning boutique retreat surrounded by exotic tropical flowers and lush greenery. Nestled within a secluded sheltered bay just over one hour’s drive from Faleolo International Airport on the South East Coast of Upolu, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the beauty of Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa or explore some of Samoa’s best attractions, located nearby.