All posts filed under: Interviews

Tasty questions with Edouard Le Goff, Le Chef

Le Chef in the Empire Tavern building features French cuisine with French and New Zealand wines. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, enjoy something French from Le Chef’s open kitchen. Edouard Le Goff wears many hats at Le Chef and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Fresh, seasonal, and affordable. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? Le dessert du pirate, a chocolate sphere with a surprise inside… Name your favourite comfort food: Eye fillet! What did you have for breakfast? One hot chocolate to warm me up, three free range eggs fried with a bit of baguette and butter, salt on top, easy but so good. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? Very busy, so to be honest pasta with butter was my only dish of the week, but perfect & simple. What is an underrated ingredient? French cheese ! What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? Paul Bocuse, the famous French chef Pinterest, always good to see good ideas Customers, their ideas, their point of …

Tasty questions with Michael Choi, Lucky Buddha

Lucky Buddha Eatery on Fort Street specialises in Asian fusion covering flavours from Japan, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. Michael Choi is the chef/owner at Lucky Buddha Eatery and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Fusion Asian cuisine. What is your restaurant’s signature dish?: Chinkiang glazed lamb ribs with crisp apple salad. Name your favourite comfort food: Any kind of noodles What did you have for breakfast? Vietnamese beef broth (from night before) and croissant (from New World Supermarket). What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? Dry dan dan noodle and tofu salad from BASU Noodle & Dumpling in Takapuna. What is an underrated ingredient? Jellyfish and octopus. What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? Travel, dining out and family. Favourite restaurant? Meredith’s and BASU Noodle & Dumpling in Auckland. Sixpenny and Supernormal in Australia. There’s a potluck dinner tomorrow night (and you’re not working) what are you bringing? A big plate of tiramisu with pandan cream. What is your most memorable meal? …

Tasty questions with Ben Barton, Scarecrow

Scarecrow is an artisan foodstore, kitchen and florist on Victoria Street. They have a temporary pop up at 42 High Street, “Scarecrow on High” while their Victoria Street premises is being refitted. With a menu that changes daily, Scarecrow serves only seasonal and sustainable food. A beautiful ethos.       Ben Barton is the head chef at Scarecrow and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Local, seasonal, nourishment. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? Chopped liver on rye with crispy chicken skin, egg and parsley salad, mustard vinaigrette. Name your favourite comfort food: Hot smoked Kahawai. What did you have for breakfast? Croissant, butter and jam. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? An Indian version of quesadillas with paneer and chutney. What is an underrated ingredient? Cabbage. What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? The seasons, fishing and foraging. Favourite restaurant? Orphans kitchen. There’s a potluck dinner tomorrow night (and you’re not working) what are you bringing? Sumac roast buttercup, sauteed brussel sprouts, citrus, date and tahinni dressing. …

Tasty questions with Luis Cabrera, Besos Latinos

Besos Latinos is hidden at the back of Elliott Stables in the heart of Auckland city. Serving a range of Latin American cuisine, you’ll find dishes from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru and more. Luis Cabrera is head chef and owner of Besos Latinos and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food in 3 words: Traditional, flavourful, lip-smacking. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? Ceviche. Name your favourite comfort food: Fresh fruit. What did you have for breakfast? Orange juice, Mexican-style scrambled eggs, fruit. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? Duck Curry. What is an underrated ingredient? Goat. What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? Latin American street food, Mexican food markets, Grandma’s traditional food. Favourite restaurant? Non Solo Pizza. There’s a potluck dinner tomorrow night (and you’re not working) what are you bringing? Lasagna. What is your most memorable meal? Mexican-style salted cod at Christmas.    Just for Restaurant Month Brazilian Fever Every Sunday in August, Besos …

Everything you need to know about Graze and Feast

Auckland has a new food event called Graze and Feast. Graze and Feast will be held every Friday in July from 5pm at Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf. Opening night is Friday 3 July. Entry is free and dishes range from $5 to $14. There will be plenty of food trucks and vendors to choose from. I freakin’ LOVE that there are so many other Aucklanders this keen on food events in Auckland. The hype is very real. My friend Miss A pointed me to the event page which I followed with interest. Within 24 hours of posting there were almost 10,000 Aucklanders interested in attending the event. At last count, with well over 16,000 interested in the event, we can be confident that events like these can continue to flourish in our city. Graze and Feast quick facts: Every Friday during the month of July. Edit : canceled after 2 events From 5pm at Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf Free entry opening night. $5 subsequent nights. Seating for 400+ Aims to be a zero waste …

Ma Cherie: Passions In Life

#NZbloggers are hosting a weekly blog post challenge. This week’s theme is Passions In Life and you can check out other posts on this theme here. Passions in life I have been designing for 10 years and extremely fortunate to have found my passion early. When I was fifteen I wanted to be a graphic designer and by sixteen I had done work experience at two design agencies. At seventeen I was awarded a scholarship and at eighteen accepted into a design programme. I have collected a couple more passions over the years but graphic design is my greatest passion (and the one that puts food on the table). This post is about another person who found their passion at fifteen and is creating his own delicious empire on the back of that passion. Ma Cherie I was delighted to be invited to the grand opening of Ma Cherie’s courtyard cafe in Ponsonby last week. It was an evening of tasty morsels, music and French champagne. The macaron tower was the star and was well and truly devoured over the course of the evening. I brought along my …

Deli Man: interview with director Erik Greenberg Anjou

If you like food, you must see food documentary Deli Man. Run. Don’t walk. Grab a pastrami sandwich on the way. Deli Man talk, dinner, movie combo Yesterday, I rounded up bunch of foodies, bloggers and food bloggers to check out Deli Man at Documentary Edge with all the trimmings. Our appetiser was a free talk by the directors of two food documentaries. Director Erik Greenberg Anjou, the director of Deli Man and one of the directors of documentary For Grace, Mark Helenowski. Both directors showed trailers and clips from the movie and after an hour of food discussion we were HUNGRY. For our main course, we visited The Fed with the Deli Man dinner special. The Fed are official sponsors for Deli Man at the film festival so it seemed fitting to dine there before the movie. For $25 per head we enjoyed Matzo ball soup, pastrami with pickles and mustard, spit roast chicken and gravy, poutine, creamy slaw with peanuts, mash and gravy finished with coffee and NY cheesecake. Washed down with a cocktail and large serving of food …

Monday Bunday: Rabbit With Mask – Exclusive Interview

  The Koala recently pointed me to a Chinese artist named Shae Syu whose portfolio titled Rabbit With Mask recently met a cult following on the web. Shae is an artist from Taiwan who draws and paints amazing rabbit related pieces.   Here is a small selection of her works. You can see these and more over on her portfolio here or on her Facebook page here.  I caught up with Shae over the summer to ask her some pressing questions. Who is your favourite artist? Beatrix Potter. What inspires your work? I like the creativity of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”.  Beatrix Potter has made the rabbit very interesting and real, making the reader feel warm and happy, also her style is very unique and there is a lot for me to learn from her. What is your art/design training? I have been interested in painting (and drawing) since I was little.  Before high school, I started by drawing things that I like, mostly animals and people. I studied art and design in high school, …

The most creative ice cream in the world

Last week, I was invited to visit behind-the-scenes with Gianpaolo Grazioli at his quuintessential gelato shop, Giapo on Queen Street (Edit: since 2017, Giapo has moved to 12 Gore Street, Auckland). Giapo is the name his mother called him and therefore Gianpaolo = Giapo. Giapo has just one location and has carved a niche for very fine ice cream, gelato and yoghurt and most of their flavours are organic using locally sourced ingredients. This newly renovated institution is much more than an your average ice cream parlour. Not a single store-bought rainbow sprinkle, pink wafer or Snickers in sight, the flavours they do have are smart, original and  very good. While I was there I sampled a range of gelato, ice cream and yoghurt flavours such as dark chocolate brownie, vanilla cardamom and eggplant, banana yoghurt, hazelnut chocolate, tiramisu, finishing off with a classic digestive: green tea ice cream. I was impressed to learn that everything was made on site daily. The stainless steel kitchen was small and spotless and Gianpaolo and his expert crew …