Sean Connolly was just a few days away from opening Esther, his latest Mediterranean- influenced Auckland venture in upmarket QT Auckland hotel.
Category: Issue 203
It is thought that tomatoes originated at the northern edge of the Andes in South America, travelled up through the Americas and were then taken by the Spanish to Europe and the Middle East, and more latterly India and Asia.
In the world of New Zealand wine there is always something to celebrate and picking a favourite wine or winery can feel as daunting as picking a favourite child.
Corn is an undeniable summer superhero veg; it oozes the colour, smell and taste of the bright and sweet conditions in which it thrives.
Mat Pedley of Hamilton’s Mr Pickles recently won the Good George Local Hero title at the Waikato Food Inc Awards 2020 so it’s clear that he is pretty well regarded around town.
It’s a city that heaves with cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars, so the opportunity to take a deep dive into the local food culture of Rotorua was one I took very seriously.
Set yourself up at the Novotel on Alma Street and you will have easy access to the heart of Hamilton city. Another great reason to stay here is that it is right across the road from Palate, where an outstanding chef has been producing seasonally and locally inspired menus since 2005.
Over four years ago I asked Shepherd Elliott if he would open a restaurant with me.
A bright, casual seaside dining room with an ever-changing ‘Trust the Chef’ menu of dishes, masterfully crafted and filled with exciting textures and delicious flavours.
A buzzing whirl of deliciousness set within a haven of timeless hospitality.