Fresh local flavour is at the heart of everything Nourish does.

Fresh – Each quarter Nourish Magazine highlights and revels in the uniqueness of the season. Along with the belief in seasonality Nourish’s philosophy stems from cooking with fresh ingredients. If you start with beautiful real ingredients you can’t go wrong!

Local – Nourish celebrates everything local; local producers, local artisans, as well as local stories and characters. This ethos is followed through with our support of local talent, from chefs to photographers as well as our support for community groups and events.

Flavour – Be it delicious recipes or interesting stories, Nourish’s flavour encompasses more than just what you taste.



Vicki Ravlich-Horan – Editor

As a self-confessed foodie Nourish allows me to combine my obsession with all things culinary along with the skills and knowledge I have gathered from the last 20 years in the hospitality industry. Born and bred in the Waikato, after several years away, I love being back. Nourish allows me to highlight the depth and breadth of treasures we have in our own backyard. Often to the surprise and delight of our readers who now no longer need to look to other regions when discussing great food.

My role at Nourish is varied, from recipe development and photography to writing and researching stories, getting to know and understand our clients and readers alike, as well as discovering great new talent and building a dynamic team to enable Nourish to continue to grow.

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Brydie Thompson

Brydie Thompson – Photographer

Working with the talented and inspiring team at Nourish is an honour!

I love photographing fresh exciting recipes that use local seasonal ingredients.

I’m obsessed with photography and enthusiastic about continually learning. I’ve a Bachelor of Media Arts Degree (photography major) gained from WINTEC in the days of film and 20 years’ experience behind the camera. My background is in editorial photography, with many years spent working for both newspapers & magazines. Along with photographing events and portraits I’m a mum living in Papamoa with my husband and two little girls.

Ashlee DeCaires – Photographer

I enjoy working with the talented team at Nourish and documenting new recipes with local ingredients. I am a freelance photographer based out of Hamilton and I’m obsessed with all things food and photography.

I studied at WINTEC and completed a Bachelor of Media Arts degree, Majoring in Photography. My background is in weddings and family portrait photography. I am also a wife and mum of three energetic kids who keep me busy.

Bronwyn Herbal

Bronwyn Lowe – Medicinal Herbalist

An avid gardener, horticulture was an obvious choice for me. This then led to a diploma in herbal medicine and a desire to raise awareness of the benefits of herbal medicine to the wider community. I have been advising clients since qualifying in 1996, teach and mentor students of herbal medicine and run the award-winning Herbal Dispensary Clinic and Organic Food Store in Raglan.


Nikki Crutchley – Proofreader

I live in Cambridge with my husband and two girls. I work from home as a freelance proofreader and copy editor.

I’ve been lucky enough to proofread for Nourish for the last three years and was also proofreader for the Nourish cook book.

I work for a couple of other journals and proofread and copy edit websites, manuscripts, assignments, theses, educational resources … the list goes on!




Kate Underwood

Food obsessive, writer, blogger, caterer, cake-baker, instagrammer, creator and eater I am truly passionate about all things culinary. Having a hearty appetite since a young age and a degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago – you’d be hard pressed to find a part of my life that doesn’t involve food.

I have several years’ experience in the food and hospitality industry involving marketing, training and education, waitressing, writing and café management. Currently I juggle work for non-profit organisation The Chip Group – which focuses on improving the health of deep fried chips in New Zealand and as part of the Management team for Bugger Café (with sites in Thames and Tirau).

Having started my blog ‘Relish the memory’ as a way to record and share my feasting escapades, through this I offer unique ‘Katering’ services and one-off specialty cake orders.

As a member of the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers I am delighted to be showcasing seasonal ingredients and celebrating their impressive nutrients in Nourish Magazine.

Founder of Relish the Memory.

Henry Jacobs – Our Waikato Wine Expert

My interest in wine started in the late 1970’s while at Hamilton Teachers’ Training College. The interest became a passion; the passion a career.

In the 1970’s there were 45 wineries to the well over 400 now; to be part of this massive change has been more than exciting; it has been life changing.
The stimulation of a world which is ever changing is part of what drives me.

Every vintage is different, so too are the wines from it. The best moments come when you make that find.


Jim Bartee – Our Bay of Plenty Wine Expert

I moved permanently to New Zealand after falling in love with the country on a visit, leaving the corporate life in Kansas for a life in wine in Katikati. I enjoy sharing my passion for, and knowledge of, wine during more than 10 thriving years in business as Finer Wines where I retail, import and export extensive and eclectic range of local and international wines. I recommend and supply wines for some of the top lodges and restaurants in New Zealand and also provide the narrative for wine lists for some highly regarded restaurants.