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ESTHER

Sean Connolly was just a few days away from opening Esther, his latest Mediterranean- influenced Auckland venture in upmarket QT Auckland hotel.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

Gareth Stewart loves chefs. It’s just as well: as executive chef of Nourish Group he oversees 11 restaurants of vastly different stripes including Auckland big names Euro, Andiamo and Soul and pubs, cafés and steakhouses across Wellington, Auckland, Taupō and Queenstown.

LOCAL HEROES

I’m a proud Wellingtonian through and through, but it is a hamlet only an hour’s drive north of the nation’s capital city that has captured me.

GOOD WILL HUNTING

When a guy has been in this business for as long as Des Harris, and with such an impressive back catalogue including Logan Brown and Clooney, you’d think he’d know it all.

INDUSTRY TRAFFIC

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Hugo Baird (Lilian, Honey Bones) has transformed Ponsonby’s beloved Post Office building to become Hotel Ponsonby, with way-above-average gastropub grub, an impressive bar, a cosy fireplace and a sunny courtyard.

GUEST CHEF RECIPES

Serves: 10
Preparation: 10 - 15 mins plus overnight soaking
TARAMOSALATA
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Makes: 12 skewers
Preparation: 25 mins plus 2 hrs marinating time
Cook: 5 mins
SOUVLAKI

SOUVLAKI

5 mins
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RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Bar Yoku

A friendly and cosy urban izakaya serving Japanese food with a twist.

Mary’s

Gourmet food and wines from a high-end winery, served in a diner.

Omni

Japanese influences in an on-point neighbourhood spot that is one of Dominion Road’s finest.

Onslow

Somewhere stylishly grand and sophisticated to while away a few hours. Start with cocktails from a creative line-up, sit back and be wowed by the expertly considered dishes from one of Aotearoa’s most celebrated chefs.

Tītī

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.

FLORIDITAS

A buzzing whirl of deliciousness set within a haven of timeless hospitality.

CHEF PROFILE RECIPES

Serves: 10 - 12
Preparation: 20 mins plus overnight setting
CHAMPAGNE JELLY
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Serves: 10
Preparation : 20 mins plus setting time
KINA CREAM
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