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Denise Irvine lists some recent local menu highlights Vego Toastie breakfast, at Daydream Espresso, 76 Victoria St, Cambridge. The Vego is a well-crafted combo of Volare bread filled with pickled artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, spinach, and punchy, stretchy Swiss cheese. Toasted to golden and crispy on the outside, melty in the middle, and very good […]

Karli’s Spunky Standout

Karli Maniapoto reinvented the classic banana split for her entry in Waikato Food Inc’s inaugural Donovans Chocolate Challenge. And she came up with a winner. She named her decadent dessert Spunky Monkey, it went onto the menu at Matamata’s Redoubt Bar & Eatery, where she is sous chef. The competition ran March 29-April 11, the […]

Creating new Kiwi classics

Denise Irvine goes back to her culinary roots at Roto-o-rangi. Only this time, it’s top chef Ben Bayly cooking dinner. I grew up on a sheep farm at rural Roto-o-rangi, between Cambridge and Te Awamutu, and the food on my plate was classic New Zealand: tender roast lamb, basted in pan drippings, vegetables fresh from […]

Passage to Asia

Denise Irvine previews a Feast culinary treat On a random Thursday night, our little party of four enjoys excellent food from north-east China, another dish from Lanzhou in north-west China, some spicy favourites from Sichuan province, and  fresh, aromatic offerings from Vietnam. And some gorgeous sweet baking that pulls together the best of East and […]

Faces of Feast – Glen File

Denise Irvine talks to some of the faces of Feast, this time Glen File About: Glen File trained as a chef at Waikato Polytechnic [now Wintec], with chef Ben Bayly as his first-year benchmate. Glen has had a wealth of experience overseas, he’s won accolades for his work, he is a former head chef of […]

FACES of FEAST Karl Martin-Boulton

Denise Irvine chats to some of the faces of Feast, this time one to watch, Karl Martin-Boulton About: Karl Martin-Boulton was born in Coventry, in the UK, and moved to New Zealand with his family in his late teens. He went back to England a few years later and made his mark as Chef/Patron of […]

Faces of Feast – Emma Galloway

By Denise Irvine (first published in Nourish Magazine) From high school onwards, Emma Galloway copied recipes that appealed to her into notebooks. The recipes came from everywhere – newspapers, magazines, books, and so on – and she carefully (obsessively, she says) added them to her collection. More than two decades later, Emma still has her […]

FACES of FEAST Giulio Sturla

  Denise Irvine chats to some of the faces of Feast Waikato, this time Giulio Sturla About: Chef Giulio Sturla formerly ran the three-hatted Roots restaurant in Lyttelton, and in 2018 he was named Cuisine magazine’s Chef of the Year. He has recently started a new project, Mapu, in Lyttelton, a dining space for up […]

Making a feast

Denise Irvine talks to Vicki Ravlich-Horan and Julia Clarke about putting Feast on the Waikato’s Easter table The motivation is simple:  run a key event at Easter that celebrates the Waikato’s amazing food and producers, make it a joyous occasion that builds pride in the region. The challenge is harder: find the money, the sponsorship, […]

FACES of FEAST – Ben Bayly

Denise Irvine chats to a few of the faces of Feast Waikato, first up Ben Bayly About: Auckland chef Ben Bayly was raised on a Te Awamutu dairy farm. He trained as a chef at Waikato Polytechnic (now Wintec), he travelled extensively and cooked in high-end eateries in Melbourne, the UK and France. Back in […]