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2017 Judges

Mark wallbank

Mark Wallbank

Director - Mark James Wallbank

Biography

In 2012, restauranteur Mark Wallbank and chef Che Barrington opened the now iconic MooChowChow on Auckland’s Ponsonby Road, serving cutting-edge Thai fusion cuisine. Three more, unique, Asian-fusion inspired restaurants followed: The Blue Breeze Inn, Chop Chop, and the world’s first oriental smokehouse, Woodpecker Hill.

Design excellence

Design excellence happens when brand new ideas present themselves in a way that still feels comforting and familiar. It’s a difficult, contradictory challenge; how can something entirely new still feel welcoming? But this is why excellent design has a joy to it - like it's always been part of us.