FOOD

BISTRO GENTIL FOR CUISINE

Last year when I was in Wanaka, I went for a very fine lunch at Bistro Gentil where James Stapley, one of my favourite chefs, runs the kitchen – he used to cook at Whare Kea, a luxury lodge on the

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TNZ x Robb Report

This was a particularly nice job, even by the standards of someone who travels for a living: accompany three American food personalities – Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar and Brian Canlis of Canlis

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EHN SUPPER CLUB

I’ve been running supper clubs through Eat Here Now since 2011, when they started in the living room of my old house in Grey Lynn and Natalie Smith and I did all the cooking. Now, three or four times a year, we

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OTAHUNA

In 1895, Sir Heaton Rhodes built a very fine pile on the Canterbury Plains and he lived there until his death in 1957, when he was given the closest thing to a state funeral. Fifty years later, Hall Cannon and

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WHITTAKER’S ARTISAN CHOCOLATE

A year and a bit ago, Whittaker’s got in touch with an unusual – but very welcome – request: they were a few months into developing flavours for their new artisan range, and would I like to come and give them a

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PROVISIONS

  For the past few years, I’ve had a column in Metro magazine called Provisions. It started out as a column on farmers’ markets and quickly turned into a column about my various food enthusiasms. Recent stories have covered losing weight

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METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

For the past few years, I have had the very great pleasure to be one of the judges for the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards which is on news stands now. I helped out on the first awards when I was a

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AMISFIELD

It’s taken three years, but the Amisfield book is at the printer and will be launched in July. In May 2011, I went to a dinner at Amisfield and thought: this would make a great book. Why don’t they have

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EAT HERE NOW

EAT HERE NOW is my special pet project. Back in 2010, Natalie Smith and I decided we’d like to start a website that reviewed restaurants. Our idea was that people didn’t want to be told about things that were bad, they

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