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Gourmet Best On Sundays

Gourmet Best On Sundays

Two of the country’s most well known weekend farmers’ markets, Central Otago Farmers’ Market and Auckland’s La Cigale, are represented in a Jaunted article. “On Sundays from 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. from October-February,…

Executive Eye For Detail

Executive Eye For Detail

Auckland-raised executive chef Ryan Arboleda shares some two of his favourite recipes with the Bangkok Post: Slow cooked New Zealand lamb breast with shaved fennel and pureed peas and Tiramisu ‘Verrine’. Philippines-born Arboleda has worked…

Must Eats In The South

Must Eats In The South

When visiting New Zealand there are five foods “you’ve just got to try” according to Jaunted’s Eric Rosen. “On our own recent long visit to the South Island, we discovered more and more chefs…

Welcome to The Gilbert Scott

Welcome to The Gilbert Scott

General manager of The Gilbert Scott restaurant in London, New Zealander Chantelle Nicholson, 31, is profiled in the ‘Modernisms’ section of the British biannual magazine The Gentlewoman. Nicholson “is the warm welcome” at the…

Wellington-Fitzroy Pop-Up

Wellington-Fitzroy Pop-Up

When tickets went on sale for pop-up restaurant WLG in Fitzroy run by New Zealand’s best chefs, 500 seats were sold in 25 minutes. The temporary restaurant, named after Wellington’s airport code, opens for…

Top NZ Big Apple Eateries

Top NZ Big Apple Eateries

“I just got back from a trip to New Zealand and loved it. What are New York’s top spots for Kiwi cuisine?” asks a Village Voice reader in the publication’s ‘Ask the Critics’ section. Critic Lauren…

Crisp New Flavours in NY

Crisp New Flavours in NY

“Anyone who’s visited the Tuck Shop, Public or any of the other New Zealand or Australian restaurants that have cropped up in New York City in recent years knows that there’s a lot more…

Gourmet Island Adventures

Gourmet Island Adventures

New Zealand chef Bill Manson is the organizer of the second annual Martha’s Vineyard Local Wild Food Challenge which “showcases the skills and resourcefulness of the people living” on the island and in Punkaharju,…

Unpretentious Infusions

Unpretentious Infusions

“New Zealand has gone from a foodie backwater to a champion of fresh, unpretentious fare,” CNN reporter Simon Farrell-Green’s writes, suggesting that you “don’t miss out”. “Increasingly, the best places to eat in New…

Elevating Comfort Food

Elevating Comfort Food

“In the global landscape of New York City dining, New Zealand is underrepresented,” The Wall Street Journal’s Lauren Lancaster writes. “Chef Mark Simmons, best known for a stint on the fourth season of Top…

Seriously Shaken

Seriously Shaken

“By the standards of global hipness, New Zealand – where local food is a way of life and you’re as likely to see a beard on a farmer as on a barista – has…

Five Trophies at Five Nations

Five Trophies at Five Nations

New Zealand has won five trophies at the inaugural Five Nations Wine Challenge, judged in Sydney. Each of the five nations – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina – was represented by…

Taste of Kiwiana in New York

Taste of Kiwiana in New York

This month New Zealand chef Mark Simmons, a former contestant on US television show Top Chef , opened Kiwiana in Park Slope, New York. The Village Voice spoke to Simmons about his new restaurant,…

Raiding the Global Pantry

Raiding the Global Pantry

Martha Jeffries, producer/director of New Zealand-made food and travel series World Kitchen is a self-confessed foodie with wanderlust, who had a “very Hutt upbringing”, growing up in Pinehaven and attending Sacred Heart…

On-the-Road Epicurean

On-the-Road Epicurean

Fat Freddy’s Drop keyboard player Dobie Blaze features in the Irish Times weekly feature “Booking the Cooks”, in which the Wellingtonian reveals his secret recipe for ravioli of abalone with sea urchin butter. “When…

Huffer on Ice

Huffer on Ice

New Zealand fashion label Huffer and Absolut Vodka, a brand owned by spirits and wine company Pernod Ricard USA, are collaborating on a limited edition bottle featuring a contemporary silver map of…

Blue Rates Destiny

Blue Rates Destiny

Waiheke Island’s Destiny Bay Vineyard 27 Magna Praemia has been awarded a rating of 98 out of 1 by top United States wine critic and editor-in-chief of The Tasting Panel magazine, Anthony Dias Blue…

Norwich Empire Expands

Norwich Empire Expands

“New Zealand chef Chris Coubrough’s food empire has been growing faster than an asparagus stalk in May,” Norwich Evening News Sarah Brealey writes in a review of Coubrough’s Norfolk gastropub the King’s…

Roadside Mussels the Best

Roadside Mussels the Best

Green-lipped mussels, or Perna canaliculus are indigenous and exclusive to New Zealand, and they’re a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, The Australian’s Susan Hurley writes. The molluscs are almost lurid, with fluorescent green stripes…

Top Chef to Open Kiwiana

Top Chef to Open Kiwiana

In August, New Zealander and Top Chef season 4 survivor Mark Simmons, is planning to open Kiwiana in New York on Union Street. The restaurant will feature lamb and seafood, both of which New…

Tales From the Kitchen

Tales From the Kitchen

New Zealand-raised chef Anna Hansen tells The Independent how she came to meet the chef behind London’s St John Bar and Restaurant, Fergus Henderson. Hansen came to the UK in 1992 and got a…

Zumwohl Means Medals

Zumwohl Means Medals

Upper Hutt-based Aotearoa Distillers has won a gold and silver medal for its Zumwohl schnapps at the World Spirits competition in San Francisco. German-born founder Ulf Huhrer said a trip home played a part…

Life of the Party

Life of the Party

New Zealand caterer Margot Henderson (standing) is profiled in the Spring/Summer issue of The Gentlewoman, a new British biannual style magazine. The restaurant founded by Henderson is called the Rochelle Canteen. It’s set in…

Brooklyn’s NZ Pie Man

Brooklyn’s NZ Pie Man

New Zealander Gareth Hughes owns the Dub Pie Shop, in New York, an Antipodean oasis, where lattes come second on the menu to flat whites, good old Kiwi meat pies fill the pie warmer…

Me’a Kai Beats Usual Suspects

Me’a Kai Beats Usual Suspects

“You could call it the gastronomic upset of the night,” The Independent said. “New Zealand-born chef Robert Oliver beat out some formidable competition to land the title of best cookbook, which was announced last…

Maritime Vines

Maritime Vines

“As land masses go, New Zealand is the youngest country on Earth, having been around for about three million years,” Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson writes for an article in the Winnipeg Free Press. “Averaging around 12km…

Culinary Samplings

Culinary Samplings

New Zealander Sam McFarren has lived in Brentwood, Tennessee for the past four years; she is profiled by the local newspaper The Tennessean in an article in which she talks about the differences between…

Gastronomic Benchmark

Gastronomic Benchmark

New Zealanders are pushing culinary boundaries at this year’s Hokitika Wildfoods Festival serving up shots of horse semen to iron-stomached food lovers. The equine delicacy will be on the menu at the annual festival…

Whitebait and Wine

Whitebait and Wine

The Noosa News New Zealand Wine Festival will be held in Noosa on February 25-27 and will include a seven-course degustation menu matching two New Zealand wines to each of the courses. Although Noosa…

Stress-free Cooking

Stress-free Cooking

New Zealand cook Annabel Langbein’s television series Annabel Langbein: The Free Range Cook is now screening on UKTV’s Good Food Channel. The series of 13 episodes has already been sold into 73 markets. “I…

Oh For a Lamington

Oh For a Lamington

“The use of fresh and organic produce is what defines modern New Zealand cuisine, and it is this feature that chef Clinton Cooper believes will draw health-conscious Indians towards it,” Shweta Mehta writes for…

London’s NZ treasure

London’s NZ treasure

Friends Peter Gordon, New Zealand chef, 47, and Briton Tim Lott, acclaimed writer, 54, are interviewed in The Independent on Sunday about how they met, their differences and Gordon’s tartan. “It was around the…

Tamarillo collaboration

Tamarillo collaboration

Auckland-based brewery Epic featured in a December Discovery Channel episode of the Brew Masters series which showcased the brewing of a pilot and production batch of their latest beer Portamarillo — a collaboration…

Proof in the pudding

Proof in the pudding

The pavlova is a New Zealand-invented dessert, and the proof is in the dictionary entry. An argument dating back generations between Australia and New Zealand over which of them invented the pavlova appears to…

Halal-fuelled burgers

Halal-fuelled burgers

New Zealand franchise Burger Fuel will offer grass-fed halal meat to its customers when a chain of 15 outlets open over five years throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Burger Fuel’s first store operates…

Passionate About Food

Passionate About Food

Wellington is New Zealand’s “culinary epicentre” according to the Los Angeles Times’ Laura Fraser, a city which “gazes out to the Mediterranean” for inspiration. “We’ve got a country with a very Anglo-Saxon food heritage,…

Kopapa in the West End

Kopapa in the West End

New Zealand-born chef-proprietor of London’s Providores and Tapa Room Peter Gordon is set to open a new restaurant, called Kopapa in Convent Garden in December. Dishes will include Turkish poached eggs with whipped yogurt…

Ottolenghi likes manuka

Ottolenghi likes manuka

New Zealand manuka honey is combined with walnuts and added to a radicchio, pecorino fiore sardo and lentil salad created by the high-profile London-based Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi for the Guardian. Ottolenghi writes: “I…

World-class Dining

World-class Dining

“Auckland’s subtropical climate, Polynesian culture, unpolluted waters and cosmopolitan buzz have combined to create a world-class dining scene,” according to the Guardian’s food writer Kevin Gould. Gould is particularly taken with Peter Gordon’s “two,…

Gold stars for Lam

Gold stars for Lam

Bay of Plenty baker Patrick Lam has won the national Supreme Pie Award for the fourth time in the competition’s 14-year history. His bacon-and-egg special was named the best of a record 4336 entries…

Craving more bleu

Craving more bleu

Former sheep farmer New Zealander Alistair MacKenzie moved to Canada 11 years ago with his French-Canadian wife, Karien Piché and made a career change, purchasing a small artisan cheese-making and sheep farming business called…

Kitchen for hot shots

Kitchen for hot shots

One thousand young chefs will compete in the 18th Annual New Zealand Culinary Fare at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on August 22-24. The three-day ‘hot kitchen’ competition is the largest of its kind…

Thawing an icy tipple

Thawing an icy tipple

Canterbury Museum is slowly thawing out a crate of Scotch whisky which was found in Antarctica earlier this year beneath the floor of a hut built by British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The New…

Good as gold

Good as gold

Waiheke Island is a prime growing spot for olive trees and each year, in November, the Waiheke Olive Festival takes place on the estate of one of the local producers. Toronto Star freelance travel…

Shechita forbidden

Shechita forbidden

New Zealand has banned kosher slaughter after a new animal welfare code mandated that all animals for commercial consumption be stunned prior to slaughter to ensure they are treated “humanely and in accordance with…

Chicago showcase

Chicago showcase

Monteith’s Brewing Company, Aotearoa Seafoods and The Lamb Company are among some of the eight New Zealand companies taking part in the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago on May 22—25. The…

Davenport’s coup

Davenport’s coup

New Zealand-born chef Phillip Davenport, group executive chef at Bali’s popular Ku De Ta restaurant and bar, discusses his “must-buy ingredient of the moment”, his “best recent dining experience” and his “most embarrassing pantry…

Especially select

Especially select

New Zealanders have a love of coffee, wine, water and an extraordinary, “relentless” particularity for those beverages, for dogs, sport, even driveways and beech trees, writes Peter Miller for Seattle news site Crosscut. “Water…

Pavlova in a Glass

Pavlova in a Glass

New Zealand’s capital city was the grand final host and inspiration for the 42BELOW Cocktail World Cup winning beverage, Wellington Fizz. American Sean Hoard, 23, wowed the judges with a playful kiwifruit vodka fizz…

Guava Crumble Please

Guava Crumble Please

Gisborne-born, London-based chef Peter Gordon writes in The Independent on Sunday that he has “a sense of a growing tide of culinary xenophobia” and that the British “love affair with home-grown ingredients is killing…

Unique Fine Dining

Unique Fine Dining

Pipis, paua, tuatua, feijoas, kumara, cervena, puha and horipito are just some of the unfamiliar items found on the menu in New Zealand restaurants, Winsor Dobbins of The Sydney Morning Herald discovers….

Gusty But Gourmet

Gusty But Gourmet

“With more than 300 bars, restaurants and cafes in the city alone, Wellington is certainly not short of options,” recommends Winsor Dobbin for The Sydney Morning Herald. Dobbin explores the best dining…

Peter Andre’s flat white

Peter Andre’s flat white

“No one knows exactly where the flat white came from,” ponders Guardian columnist Zoe Williams. “Some people say New Zealand, while others believe it’s an Australian invention.” “Has anybody ever seriously had that conversation?…

Eastern Tastes Approve

Eastern Tastes Approve

Many newcomers drawn to New Zealand’s quality of life are of Asian descent observes Ming Wong writing for the Chinese publication Global Times. “This explains why cities such as Auckland and Christchurch now offer…

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

New Zealand-invented coffee the flat white will now be offered to British Starbucks customers from December 7, the first new type of coffee the company has offered to British consumers since it opened up…

Pinot pleases

Pinot pleases

New Zealand pinot noir Craggy Range is surpassing its American equivalents in blind tastings for critics. This autumn, at New York restaurant Eleven Madison, six top pinot noirs from California, Oregon and Burgundy (the…