Monday, March 28, 2011

Brett McGregor: The birth of a celebrity chef - Food - NZ Herald News

Where are they now? It's so often the public catch-cry following reality TV shows. A young unknown is snapped from obscurity into the bright lights and fierce heat of competition, to win 15 minutes of fame in their chosen field of music/modelling/cooking only, more often than not, to disappear back into obscurity just as quickly.

Brett McGregor: The birth of a celebrity chef - Food - NZ Herald News

Taste Farmers Markets NZ Awards 2011

Welcome to the Taste Farmers' Markets NZ Awards 2011

To be in to win, vote for your Favorite Farmers' Market CLICK HERE

Vote online and you will also be entered into the draw to win one of the following New Zealand cookbooks. There are two copies each to be won! 

Julie Le Clerc's "Made By Hand" & "Simple Cafe Food" CLICK HERE

Dean Brettschneider's "Global Baker"  CLICK HERE

Adie McLelland's "Black Dog Cottage Cook Book"CLICK HERE

The Ripe Deli Cookbook CLICK HERE

Simon & Alison Holst's "100 favourite ways with chicken"  CLICK HERE

Simon Gault's "Nourish" CLICK HERE

Genevieve Knights' "Pavlova"  CLICK HERE

Paul Jobin's "A Pinch of Salt"  CLICK HERE

Chris Fortune's "The Kiwi Sizzler Smoking Book"  CLICK HERE

Michal Haines' "Scent of the Monsoon Winds"  CLICK HERE

Annabelle White's "Annabelle White's Best Recipes"CLICK HERE

Cooking with Charles Royal CLICK HERE

Anne Thorp's "Kai Ora"   CLICK HERE

Have you voted for your favorite Farmers' Market in NZ ?

Chris Fortune

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Havelock Mussel Festival

My favorite festival is about to happen  on March 19, 2011 the atmosphere is great, the food is exceptionally tasty and fresh and the  entertainment  is first class but the overriding number one reason that the Havelock mussel festival is my favorite in NZ  is the community spirit and fun that i have their every year.

NZ's first ever Master-chef winner, Brett McGregor  will be providing cooking demos this year in the live cooking theater sponsored by Regal Salmon where you will be treated to the taste of the freshest and tastiestmussels and Marlborough seafood.  Local school children from Havelock and Linkwater will also assist myself and showcase the future NZ Master- chefs to the festival goers as we slice, dices, steam and bubble and boil in the kitchen. 

The Havelock Mussel Festival Committee has invested into the local schools and we are currently running  a series of cooking demos called "What¹s on your Plate"  It is an inquiry into the influences on our food choices using the social format approach.  Our focus  is to look at what food choices are grown locally (and what is more local than Mussels !)  and what is available to  students and their families for consumption, as well as the impact that this has on them, their community and globally.  Mother nature and seasonality are mixed with some fun to then be baked into a interactive  and social kitchen experience.  Students from these cooking demos at Havelock and Link-water School will be attending the festival and participating in the cooking demos

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Love affair is revealed

My love affair began a number of years ago.
I did not tell my wife at first, as I knew she would not approve, but as time went on, she accepted that we were just meant to be.

Toastmasters - I like Olive oil on my toast

O P E N    D A Y
Wider Horizons Toastmasters Club
WED MARCH 16th 10 – 12 noon
St Mary’s Parish Church Hall, Maxwell Road, Blenheim

Programme includes

·       Marlborough Olive Oil Use
and Tasting Demonstration (interactive)
Chris Fortune is presently Chef and Chairperson of the Marlborough Farmers Market and also Chef at the Heartland Hotel and Marlborough Convention Centre.   He is passionate about local fresh cuisine…. and Toastmasters

·       Renate von Petersdorff – Picton Artist and Potter
Renate, one of our newer members, is presently exhibiting at Highfield Winery and talks about her firing techniques and glazes

Gold Coin Entry
For more details contact Cathy Brown 573 9111 -  021 045 1799
“Celebrating Toastmasters International Week”

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Kia kaha Christchurch

Our hearts go out to the people of Christchurch, particularly those who have lost loved ones and everyone who is helping in the mammoth clean-up effort.

In the rural areas, farmers and producers are battling on and this Saturday from 9am to 12noon you can visit the Farmers' Market which will be held outside Riccarton House. This will be an  opportunity to catch up with friends and family while also supporting local food producers.

You can expect to find anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to wines, chocolates and cakes. With its organic and locally sourced produce, manager Jamie Bennett says the market can’t be beaten for quality.

“You’re buying direct from the grower, you don’t have the middle-man there, the pricing is very good and you have the freshness as well. The majority of the people that sell fruit and veges usually pick on the Friday and its at the market on Saturday so the quality is very high.”

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Friday, March 4, 2011

A open invitation to NZ Bloggers

Voting for the Taste Farmers Markets New Zealand Awards is now open (see CLICK HERE), and to celebrate and promote the event, we are working with food bloggers based in New Zealand. We will be setting up a page dedicated to showcasing NZ food bloggers, and the link to this will be on the home page and main menu. There are two ways you can get featured:

1. Write a post that showcases or uses (in a recipe for example) any food product from a NZ farmers market (remember to link to the market and/or producer too, or tell people their details if they don't have a website), and link to, encouraging readers to either nominate their favourite producer/stallholder or vote for their favourite farmers market. With your permission we will link to you AND feature an image and the subject from this post (please send a 250x250pixel image or one that we can easily resize to that). You will also go into the draw to win a prize pack that includes cookbooks by Farmers Markets New Zealand Chairperson and Chef, Chris Fortune, and lots of delicious foodie goodies and wine. 

2. Alternatively, if you'd just like to spread the word, you are welcome to do so by linking to and encouraging readers to either nominate their favourite producer/stallholder or vote for their favourite farmers market. You will still go into the draw to win the prize pack, but we will only feature a link to your site. 

The bonus for anyone who votes is that they will be automatically entered into the draw to win a return trip for 2 to Singapore to visit Loewen Gardens Farmers Market, and cookbooks by NZ food icons.

Let me know if you're interested, and if you pick option one, send me your image as soon as the post is public. Attached is a logo for the awards - please link it to the if participating :) Please note the deadline for posting is Monday April 25. Feel free to circulate this email to any other food bloggers you may know. Also please don't hesitate to ask me if you have any ideas or questions! You can also contact Chris directly at

Zo @, helping promote the TFMNZA 2011.