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Love Street

Tracy Whitmey talks to a young chef bringing fine-dining techniques to traditional Lebanese food. The menu note sums up entirely what Gemmayze Street is all about: A large part of Lebanese heritage and culture is conveyed through our food and the way we share a meal with our loved ones. Gemmayze Street symbolises the pillars of any Lebanese gathering: food, hospitality, love and family.

SHINE ON

Of the current buzzwords, ‘passion’ is tossed around with abandon these days, but when Simon Levy describes his dish of clams as food that “hugs you, just embraces you” it shows that his heart and soul are poured into INATI, the Christchurch restaurant he owns along with his wife, Lisa.

Han Solo

Alice Neville meets the chef bringing a modern take on Korean cuisine to Auckland
It's been discovered as a mystery of the soul, a complex sadness, a sense of collective injustice mingled with a feeling of hope and the ability to silently and stoically endure hardship.

CHEF PROFILE RECIPES

Preparation: Confit Duck 15 min, Spring Onions 10 mins, Chicken Jus 10 mins, Baby beet & bacon salad 20 mins
Serves: 4
Cook: Confit Duck 3 hours, Spring Onions 15 mins, Chicken Jus 11 hours, Baby beet & bacon salad 10 mins
DUCK WITH SPRING GREENS, BABY BEET & BACON SALAD & CHICKEN JUS

DUCK WITH SPRING GREENS, BABY BEET & BACON SALAD & CHICKEN JUS

Any leftover duck confit can be turned into spring rolls and I’ll freeze the jus into ice cubes (it’s a long job to make it, so I like to make the most of it).

Confit Duck 3 hours, Spring Onions 15 mins, Chicken Jus 11 hours, Baby beet & bacon salad 10 mins
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Preparation: 15 mins
Serves: 4
Cook: 20 mins
BLACK BEAN & SCALLOP TORTA WITH AVOCADO PUREE

BLACK BEAN & SCALLOP TORTA WITH AVOCADO PUREE

You can fry the trimmings from the tortillas and keep them in an airtight container. They’re great as a garnish for soup or salads. Use any spare black beans for a huevos rancheros breakfast or black-bean soup.

20 mins
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PREPARATION: 20 mins
SERVES: 6 - 8
Cook: 40 mins
BEETROOT SALAD
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PREPARATION : 10 mins
SERVES: 6 - 8
MUHAMARRA
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PREPARATION : 30 mins
Serves: 6 - 8
Cook: 2 and half hours
LEBANESE ROAST LAMB

LEBANESE ROAST LAMB

2 and half hours
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