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2/08/2012 3:30:00 PM
By MSN NZ staff
Anna Weinberg and her husband (Facebook)
Anna Weinberg and her husband (Facebook)

A Hawke’s Bay woman has taken out the top gong in a prestigious US restaurant food competition.

Anna Weinberg, owner of restaurants Marlowe and Park Tavern, has been awarded the crown of restaurateur of the year in the San Francisco Magazine Best Chef Awards 2012.

After cutting her teeth on the local New Zealand scene in in the early 90s at Prego, Weinberg moved to New York 16 years ago and opened Salt.

Eight years ago she relocated to San Francisco and opened the now award-winning Marlowe.

Late last year, she added to the portfolio by opening Park Tavern and within a matter of weeks it proved to be a hit.

Restaurant critic Michael Bauer even hailed it as one of his top ten picks for 2011.

It’s not the first award Weinberg has won – she was also a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for Best New Restaurant 2012 for Park Tavern.

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