Matariki Dish Challenge Winners

The culinary stars shone this winter with the Rotorua and BOP Matariki Dish Challenges. The challenge, which ran for five weeks, allowed locals and visitors alike to taste their way around some of the district’s best eateries. And boy, were they spoilt for choice! From decadent desserts created by But First Desserts and Lantern to […]

Lamb Loin with Smoked Kūmara Mash, Kawakawa Pesto & Horopito Salt

Recipes Vicki Ravlich Horan, Images Brydie Thompson On June 24th we will be celebrating Matariki for the first time as a nation. This special time of year is traditionally a time to give thanks for an abundant harvest, to gather whānau around and share food, remembering the past and looking to the future. Like with […]

Shining Bright this Matariki

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan, Images Alex Spodyneiko What can an English chef with an Italian restaurant teach us about New Zealand food? “That’s a great question,” says Ian Harrison, head chef and part owner of Sugo Restaurant in Tauranga. Ian has called New Zealand home for over a decade and recently cemented his ties with Aotearoa […]