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Manhattan Chef a Big Believer in Planting for the Kitchen

Manhattan Chef a Big Believer in Planting for the Kitchen

Executive chef Matt Lambert, of Michelin award-winning New York restaurant The Musket Room, is a big believer in planting herbs, vegetables and flowers for cooking. At his Manhattan eatery, he grows six types of…

Tokyo Haunts for Sampling Our Finest

Tokyo Haunts for Sampling Our Finest

New Zealand cuisine is well represented in Tokyo with a number of restaurants in Japan’s megapolis serving lamb cutlets, clay pot hangi-cooked meat and green-lipped mussels. There are two large eateries in Tokyo serving New…

NZ Chefs Win Big at Global Awards

NZ Chefs Win Big at Global Awards

New Zealand chefs have taken out culinary royalty like Jamie Oliver, Neil Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef to win at the world’s biggest cookbook awards.  Robert Oliver won Best TV…

Attica Chef Making Magic and Global Top 50 Lists

Attica Chef Making Magic and Global Top 50 Lists

Australia’s best restaurant Attica stands out from the rest because the “magic” comes from New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, according to Guardian reporter Oliver Milman. “The Melbourne eatery is the only venue in…

Michelin-Star Restaurant Making It with Kickstarter

Michelin-Star Restaurant Making It with Kickstarter

New Zealand chef Matt Lambert is earning plenty of buzz for his inventive cuisine at his New York restaurant The Musket Room, but the story of how it got started is equally…

Innovative Auckland Food Businesses Meet the Criteria

Innovative Auckland Food Businesses Meet the Criteria

Auckland’s Hip Group and Farro Fresh feature in Monocle’s first ever  “Retail Survey – Top 25” with the former taking the No 11 spot as “Best local bistro chain” and Farro No 16, as…

Lamingtons Are Ours Beyond Doubt

Lamingtons Are Ours Beyond Doubt

Lamingtons are definitively of New Zealand origin, with an 1888 watercolour painting by New Zealand landscape artist JR Smythe showing that the coconut covered cake is not really Australian and only an imitation of…

Fusion Finds at Bobby Chinn in Hanoi

Fusion Finds at Bobby Chinn in Hanoi

Famed Hanoi chef Bobby Chinn, who was born in Auckland, serves a fusion of his influences – French, Californian, Middle Eastern – with Vietnamese dishes. Restaurant Bobby Chinn is recommended in a Forbes feature…

Eating Mince Pies off the Subway in New York

Eating Mince Pies off the Subway in New York

New York’s DUB Pies, run by New Zealander Gareth Hughes, “might be a tiny shop, but so is its specialty – the flaky-crusted savoury hand-made pies that are as popular as both bagels and…

Whare Kea Lodge Amongst the World’s Best Hotel Dining

Whare Kea Lodge Amongst the World’s Best Hotel Dining

Wanaka’s Whare Kea Lodge restaurant is one of the world’s best hotel restaurants according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Ute Junker. It is included alongside New York’s Nomad Hotel and London’s Mandarin-Oriental Hotel, where…

Top Burger from NZ’s Adventure Capital

Top Burger from NZ’s Adventure Capital

The CNN is having a dilemma. It’s toying with the idea that the best burger joint might not be on the streets of New York or Los Angeles, but in small town New Zealand. After…

Brothers Thriving in Phnom Penh’s Lively Culinary Scene

Brothers Thriving in Phnom Penh’s Lively Culinary Scene

“As Phnom Penh’s traffic roared nearby on a recent late afternoon, George and William Norbert-Munns were busy decorating. Amid piles of rubble and cement bags, the brothers mapped their vision for the…

Artisan Café to Open in Revitalised Central London Precinct

Artisan Café to Open in Revitalised Central London Precinct

New Zealander Jodie Whitelaw, 33, will open the first Antipodean artisan coffee shop in the “Government and God” quarter around Victoria station in London of which the first stage of the “extraordinary overhaul, has…

Celebrating Food and Eating Together Is the Aim of Cooking

Celebrating Food and Eating Together Is the Aim of Cooking

New Zealand-born Margot Henderson, joint head chef of East London’s Rochelle Canteen and author of You’re All Invited, tells quarterly food journal Lucky Peach about what she loves, and what she doesn’t, working in…

Caravan’s Miles Kirby Recalls the Taste of Childhood Flounder

Caravan’s Miles Kirby Recalls the Taste of Childhood Flounder

Chef and co-founder of London’s Caravan restaurant Miles Kirby grew up in New Zealand, where he loved to catch fish from the beach. Kirby tells the Telegraph about his “soul food”. “In New…

Enjoy Punchy Asian Flavour at Soho’s New House of Ho

Enjoy Punchy Asian Flavour at Soho’s New House of Ho

Already big in Vietnam, New Zealand-born chef-patron Bobby Chinn is making his London debut and looks set to spice up Soho, with The House of Ho, a modern Vietnamese restaurant on Old Compton Street. “Chinn…

Treasuring Every Infinitesimal Bite

Treasuring Every Infinitesimal Bite

The food at New York’s Musket Room is “ambitious and meticulously detailed”, New York Times correspondent Ligaya Mishan writes in a review of the restaurant, which opened in Nolita in June. Owned by Aucklander…

Modern-Day Forager Launches Unique Catering Operation

Modern-Day Forager Launches Unique Catering Operation

When New Zealander Campbell Rowe is not harvesting lychee, green mango, lime and black sapote, or eggs from a small brood of free-range chooks at his New South Wales farm, he’s visiting farmers’ markets…

Michelin Star for Stuttgart-based Chef

Michelin Star for Stuttgart-based Chef

Against all odds, Waikato-born head chef Russell Pirrit has earned a Michelin star for restaurant “5” in Stuttgart, Germany. Pirrit, who grew up in Te Kauwhata, suffers from severe dyslexia. Twelve years…

Wellington’s Craft Beer Scene Big Business

Wellington’s Craft Beer Scene Big Business

How such a small city consumes such quantities of liquid we may never know, but with 50 per cent of New Zealand’s craft beer consumption going on in the capital, it’s little wonder a…

Days of Grey Meat and Three Veg Are Behind Us

Days of Grey Meat and Three Veg Are Behind Us

Founder of Kent’s Moons Green Charcuterie, New Zealander John Doig, agrees with London delicatessen owner, the trend-setting Antonio Cardoso about promoting British farmers and too that charcuterie is a slow-pace, long-term income for them. Doig,…

Coffee Revolutionaries Educate the Locals in Lyon

Coffee Revolutionaries Educate the Locals in Lyon

New Zealander Roz Morris James and her French partner Sadry Abidi, owners of Cafe Mokxa, are spearheading a slow but steady coffee revolution in France’s second biggest city, Lyon. Their 29 square metre…

Kiwi a la Carte Wins Michelin Star

Kiwi a la Carte Wins Michelin Star

Gordon Ramsay: Nil. New Zealand chef Matt Lambert: One. That’s the score in the highly competitive world of fine dining in New York, where the latest list of the Big Apple’s Michelin star restaurants…

Cibo Chefs Cook up Local Flavours for Beijing Diners

Cibo Chefs Cook up Local Flavours for Beijing Diners

Auckland chef Kate Fay, 54, was in Beijing last week taking part in a series of New Zealand-themed events and tastings organised by Temple Restaurant Beijing. Having cooked at some of Auckland’s top…

New Cookbook Serves Up Comfortable Fresh

New Cookbook Serves Up Comfortable Fresh

New Zealand-born chef Justin North’s new book Family Cooking has “an appealing selection of recipes”, reviewer Michelle Rowe writes for The Australian. “ North is the latest in a conga line of chefs to…

Norfolk Chef Passionate About Region’s Produce

Norfolk Chef Passionate About Region’s Produce

New Zealand-born north Norfolk-based owner of the Flying Kiwi Inns chain of UK boutique hotels Chris Coubrough is also chairman of this year’s North Norfolk Food Festival, to be held at Holkham…

Beautiful Food Earns Melbourne Accolades

Beautiful Food Earns Melbourne Accolades

Taranaki-born chef Ben Shewry has been named Victoria’s best at the launch of The Age Good Food Guide 2014, with the Ripponlea restaurant he heads, Attica, also honoured. Attica was among four restaurants awarded…

More Caffeine Injections for Central Londoners

More Caffeine Injections for Central Londoners

London’s Coffeesmiths Collective, run by New Zealanders Tim Ridley and Chris McKie is, together with London banker and investor Stefan Allesch-Taylor, about to open its fifth specialist cafe in the centre of the capital …

Artful Combinations Cross Cultures

Artful Combinations Cross Cultures

New Zealand chef, London-based Peter Gordon, “the godfather of fusion cooking,” is the inspiration behind recipes recommended in an Irish Times article, which include a frittata topped with Greek yoghurt and sumac. “Gordon really…

Manuka Honey Ingredient in Djokovic Success

Manuka Honey Ingredient in Djokovic Success

In a new book, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic reveals the diet that transformed his health and that he credits for his recent success, part of which includes a daily dose of New Zealand…

Tastes of NZ Imagined in Pittsburgh Test Kitchen

Tastes of NZ Imagined in Pittsburgh Test Kitchen

Over the next seven weeks, a New Zealand-inspired menu is on offer at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Taste of Art Restaurant. The menu features traditional dishes from the region including breaded oysters with…

Toasted Opens in South London

Toasted Opens in South London

New Zealand-born chef Michael Hazlewood, together with manager Alex Thorp, has opened Toasted in London’s East Dulwich, where “wine at the heart of a meal in an especially alluring manner”, according…

Bringing a Taste of NZ to the America’s Cup

Bringing a Taste of NZ to the America’s Cup

New Zealand restaurateur Tony Stewart has opened a pop-up restaurant in San Francisco in time for the America’s Cup races in September. Showcasing New Zealand produce and design, the Waiheke Island Yacht Club…

Charming Waiters and Creative Cooking Impresses

Charming Waiters and Creative Cooking Impresses

Auckland café Ortolana’s “Perfect Brunch” features in The Monocle Food & Entertaining Guide 2013, included as a supplement in the current issue of the magazine. “Ortolana is small and airy – just 80 square…

Marrying Flavour Combinations Are Hansen’s Talent

Marrying Flavour Combinations Are Hansen’s Talent

One chef who is especially enamoured with the “rehabilitation” of liquorice and its “earthy, powerful flavour” is New Zealander Anna Hansen, chef proprietor of the Modern Pantry in London’s Clerkenwell. Like…

Use the Whole Chicken Recommends MasterChef Galetti

Use the Whole Chicken Recommends MasterChef Galetti

New Zealand chef Monica Galetti moved across the world for the chance to work with world-renowned Michel Roux Jnr at London’s Le Gavroche. Galetti has now been there for 10 years and…

Modern New Zealand Cuisine Hits New York

Modern New Zealand Cuisine Hits New York

Auckland-born chef Matt Lambert’s new enterprise The Musket Room, is a “New Zealand-centric … upscale, casual neighborhood restaurant,” with “a wine list weighted to New Zealand selections beyond the usual…

With Guns Blazing Manhattan Establishment Opens

With Guns Blazing Manhattan Establishment Opens

Auckland-born chef Matt Lambert has opened The Musket Room, a 65-seat establishment in Manhattan’s Nolita, New York. “Named for the Musket Wars of the early 19th century … the menu has Asian…

So Good and So Vegetarian

So Good and So Vegetarian

“You’ll find Kokako in a 1940s post office in Auckland’s Grey Lynn, a rapidly gentrifying inner-city liberal stronghold,” Monocle reports. “The café opened a year ago – a welcome addition to a…

Nature-led and Outstandingly Good

Nature-led and Outstandingly Good

According to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants website, Attica is New Zealand chef “Ben Shewry’s innovative but nature-led Melbourne masterpiece”. Shewry “often rises before dawn to forage on the shore near…

Shrewd Choice for Poland Cook It Raw

Shrewd Choice for Poland Cook It Raw

New Zealand chef Ben Shewry is one of a selection of the “world’s finest chefs” to recall their experience of a Cook it Raw event for a recent Observer article. Shewry, who owns…

Sharing Plates in Melbourne

Sharing Plates in Melbourne

New Zealand chefs continue to make their mark in Melbourne with recent arrivals including Daniel Wilson and Dante Ruaine at Huxtable and Alric Hansen with Small Victories. Christian McCabe…

Palate Changer

Palate Changer

East London restaurant St John, where New Zealand chef Margot Henderson (pictured) once worked with husband, owner Fergus, is British sculptor Rachel Whiteread’s favourite eatery. “St John has been a part of my life…

Top Chef in Washington

Top Chef in Washington

This year’s Embassy Chef Challenge held in Washington D.C. went to the Embassy of New Zealand’s chef Nathan Bates, who won all of three award categories in this two-part contest, making the trifecta win…

Backing Pies in NY

Backing Pies in NY

Nine years ago, New Zealand entrepreneur Gareth Hughes started Down Under Bakery (DUB) Pies in Brooklyn, New York. With his shop now selling 5000 items a week, Hughes is looking to expand and he’s…

Chef Peter Gordon Talks NZ Lamb

Chef Peter Gordon Talks NZ Lamb

New Zealand lamb took center-stage in The Independent’s ‘food and drink’ section recently. Kiwi chef Peter Gordon featured, with a video on cooking lamb fajitas. ‘Since the first delivery in 1882, New Zealand Lamb…

That Maybe So, But

That Maybe So, But

Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region is now Australia’s top-selling white wine. A “savalanche” has left chardonnay and other whites for dust, and that gets right up the noses of Australian winemakers, who…

London Kiwi Chef Brings ‘Balm to the Soul’

London Kiwi Chef Brings ‘Balm to the Soul’

Kiwi chef Tyler Martin hails from New Plymouth. His Fulham restaurant is called Manuka Kitchen. The name is entirely apt, according to Independent food writer John Walsh. Martin and his partner Joseph Antippa’s food…

Sauvignon Impossible To Overlook

Sauvignon Impossible To Overlook

“In New Zealand’s case, the elephant in the room is Marlborough sauvignon blanc,” Bill Zacharkiw writes for The Montreal Gazette. “While most emerging regions struggle to communicate who they are, few have been as…

Dishing Up Comfort Food

Dishing Up Comfort Food

Peter Gordon’s 2012-published Peter Gordon Everyday is one of Catherine Phipp’s ‘Best Food Books of the Year’. “Flashes of trademark fusion sit with more personal dishes from New Zealand childhood,” Phipps…

What Could Be Better

What Could Be Better

The New Zealand specialty bacon and egg pie features in The New York Times’ ‘Diner’s Journal’ weekly column and video. “I got the inspiration to make a bacon and egg pie from an article…

Inspired by Home

Inspired by Home

Senior sous chef at Le Gavroche restaurant in London, New Zealander Monica Galetti recently answered questions from Guardian readers about, amongst other culinary things, cooking seafood and gender barriers in professional kitchens. “I went…

Fruitcake Finish Wins US Gold

Fruitcake Finish Wins US Gold

Two rare whiskies from the New Zealand Whisky Collection have won gold medals at the Mid West Whisky Olympics in Michigan, outperforming some of the world’s most revered from Scotland, Ireland and Canada. The…

Miss Nasty a Total Professional

Miss Nasty a Total Professional

Wellington-raised chef Monica Galleti, 36, who is a judge on BBC2 cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals, will also appear alongside British chefs Marcus Wareing and Fred Sireix at the London Rumble in the Jungle…

We’re All Invited

We’re All Invited

The first recipe New Zealander Margot Henderson tried was the ginger crunch from the Edmonds Cookery Book, the New Zealand household bible, The Guardian’s Rachel Cooke writes. And then there were the snails. “I…

Boutique More Popular

Boutique More Popular

The New Zealand Brewers Guild says there has been an “explosion” of beer flavours offered by the country’s 68 breweries, with the number of small craft breweries increasing by 50 per cent. New Zealand…