News & Events

Kapiti Food Fair 6th December 2014

The event showcases a wide array of local and other New Zealand produce. Join Masterchef Duo Winners 2014, Karena & Kasy for a masterclass cooking a three course menu.

South Island Wine & Food Festival

Over 40 wineries from across the South Island’s will present their wines and top local chefs will match them with their fine dishes showcasing local produce.

The Taste of Tasmania

If you happen to be in Tasmania between Christmas and New Year’s this is the place to be. It is held on Hobart’s picturesque waterfront and spilling over to Parliament House lawns and Salamanca lawns. You can sample the best wines and culinary creations from over 70 stalls.

Auckland Seafood Festival

If you like your oysters, crayfish, white bait, Paua or simply fish and chips don’t miss the Seafood Festival down at the Wynyard Quarter over Auckland Anniversary Weekend. There will be lots of food, wine and entertainment for the whole family.

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Sample a unique selection of world-class wines and delicious local cuisine all in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyards – Brancott Vineyard.

Family Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

On Wednesday 13 March 2013, together with two fellow Masterchef NZ contestants Vanessa and Serena, we were invited to cook for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland.

Prepping and cooking for 120 people was quite a challenge but with the support of some helpers we managed to serve tuna fish cakes with coriander, lemon and garlic, noodle and vegetable salad and apple strudel with vanilla ice cream.

Not only did we have a great time but it was fantastic to see how well received and appreciated our dinner was by the kids and their parents as well as the dedicated staff of Ronald McDonald’s House. There were a lot of curious questions and plenty of photo opportunities for the young patients some of them very keen Masterchef followers. The most rewarding moments of the evening were the smiles on the faces and the fact that we were able to bring a bit of fun in their hard everyday life at the hospital. What a great experience for us and hopefully a day to remember for the families as well! Thank you for the support by the wonderful staff and we hope to see you again!

Zotter Chocolates

Zotter is one of the most creative chocolatiers that you might have ever seen. No combinations are too daring or innovative such as Apple&Carrot and Ginger, Pineapple&Celeriac or what about Bacon Bits. If you happen to be in Austria don’t miss a tour of his chocolate factory and of course the gift shop brimming with hand scooped chocolates, choco shots, drinking chocolate, lollies and much more. You can also order online and if you are adventurous there is a fun way to create your own chocolate by clicking on Mi-Xing Bar where you choose your very own ingredients and invent your signature chocolate.

All chocolates are organic and fair trade and there are options for vegan, dairy free and gluten free chocolates as well!

Ponsonby Food Market

Have you already visited Ponsonby Central, Auckland’s latest attraction for foodies? Situated on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Brown Street you will find a fresh food market with the finest produce, home-ware, street food vendors, cafes and much more.