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 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, […]