Australian born chef Daniel Hill is based in Central Otago where he joined Pitches Café and Restaurant as head chef in 2014. Twenty years ago he started his training as a chef on Hamilton Island in Northern Queensland. After his training, he moved to Sydney and worked with an Italian chef, Frank Patano. He has the prestigious honour of being a private chef to celebrities including Elton John and ZZ Top. Hill’s innovative dish won ‘Best Regional Restaurant’ in the 2015 Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Awards. Last year his winning dish was a smoked eye fillet of Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Reserve beef and green tea. This year his dish is called Eye of the Mist – a Silver Fern Farms Reserve eye fillet, beef cheeks, and bone marrow.