Toast to the Melt winner

Denise Irvine speaks to WFI’s top toastie maker Chef Sophie Robinson is beaming this morning, and it’s all because of Green Eggs & Ham, her award-winning cheese toastie. It’s been named the overall winner in Waikato Food Inc’s Meyer Melt Challenge, taking the toastie title in a close contest among 19 regional restaurants and cafes. […]

Mavis & Co Rototuna -Melting Marvel

An Italian Infusion incorporating an Asian twist incorporating a Wagyu Bolognese & Kimchi Mozzarella, $19.50 Mavis & Co Rototuna, 2/44 Horsham Downs Rd, Hamilton

The Verandah – A Bit Chilli A Bit Gouda

Magill’s free-range chicken breast butterflied & crumbed in our house-made jalapeno crumb, w/ Meyers garlic & chive gouda, Clevedon Buffalo Oaxaca with caramelised chipotle onions in between Volare’s brioche. Served with a Crema De Elote chowder, $17.50 The Verandah, Rotoroa Drive, Hamilton Lake Domain

Punnet Eatery, Green Eggs and Ham

Exclusive Volare Fennel Croissant filled and toasted with Expleo smoked ham, Meyer vintage gouda and Clevedon Buffalo Oaxaca topped with a herby fried egg…with Punnet Tom chilli Jam, $24.50 Punnet Eatery, 337 Newell Road, Tamahere

Sentinel – Croque Madame Toastie

Brie cheese, smoked ham, pickled cabbage with truffle mayo on a sourdough slice of heaven. Topped with the perfect egg and sauced just right. $22 Sentinel, 586 Victoria Street, Hamilton

Tucker Bar & Eatery – Spicy Cheeseburger Melt

Butter Fried ‘The Baker’ Brioche Style Bread, 1/4 Pound Chargrilled Waikato Hereford Beef, Meyer Smoked Gouda, Mozzarella & Spicy Tucker Sauce w Kumara Wedges & Aioli, $19 Tucker Bar & Eatery, 31b Main Road Tirau

Texas Pete’s BBQ Rototuna – Low an Slow Pork Belly Toastie

5-hour slow cooked pork belly smoked with oak wood, with 3 Meyer cheeses, a butter pickle, blueberry BBQ sauce, toasted between Volare focaccia, served with gravy and fries, $14 Texas Pete’s BBQ Rototuna, 1 North City Road unit A3 Rototuna Texas Pete’s