Thibault Beaujot

New Zealand’s search for the best in French gastronomy has begun. In a new ‘crème de la crème’ competition, the nation is searching for two categories of restaurants: the best French bakery and the best French restaurant.

The competition has been launched in collaboration between the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (FNZCCI) and Le Petit Journal Auckland, with the blessing of the French Ambassador to New Zealand.

“It’ll be quite the revealing exercise to canvas the whole hospitality sector to do an initial headcount of operations for a start,” said Thibault Beaujot, president of the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. “How many French bakeries and restaurants are there? Where are they based? Why did they choose to specialise in French food? What’s their backstory? Who will put their hand up to enter in our quest for the best? Imagine the magnificent boost and pride if you end up being voted number one.”

“We know Kiwis love all things quintessentially French—yet remember thousands of French nationals will also zero in on where the best French gastronomy is because we’re so far away from home,” said Nicolas Roger, New Zealand country manager at

The public can vote for their people’s choice between the 16th and 29th of September. The winner will be announced on 10th October.