Award-winning Christchurch restaurant Roots has shut.

The restaurant, which was named New Zealand’s best restaurant at the 2015 Cuisine Good Food Awards, has closed its doors “for good” according to chef and director Giulio Sturla, who was also named Chef of the Year at the 2018 awards. “I have the belief that there is always a better way to do things, most importantly for my family, myself and the passion I have for New Zealand food,” he posted on social media.

Sturla was born in Chile and raised in Ecuador. He opened Roots at the end of 2012 with his American wife, Christy Martin.