Auckland 2015

30 Jul - 2 Aug, Thu-Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun 10am–5pm, ASB Showgrounds

Whirlpool Cooking Theatre

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Included with your entry ticket, you can enjoy free cooking demonstrations in the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre.

Don't miss the chance to see top culinary talent share their secrets on cooking fabulous meals at home.

Watch your favourite celebrity chef step up to the plate, including Ray McVinnie, Simon Gault, Chelsea Winter and more, in the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre in Auckland.

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Thu

Thursday 30 July

How to high tea - Tea and tinies
10:30am-11:15am

"How to High Tea is so spectacularly popular at Ruth Pretty Cooking School people have been asking for me to go on tour with it” says Ruth.

“The Auckland Food Show seemed the perfect destination. Pretty cakes and delicious time out with your mother, daughter, sister or just good friends”. Settle back and enjoy a fun, creative demonstration of High Tea treats in Ruth’s inimitable style.

This is all about being feminine, fun and ever-so-slightly frivolous.

Online sensation Bondi Harvest comes alive
11:30am-12:15pm

Australian surfing buddies Guy Turland and Mark Alston are the duo behind Bondi Harvest – the online sensation that has taken the world by storm. They’ve just launched a restaurant in Bondi Junction, they have a recipe book due out later this year, and they’re cooking live at The Food Show.

Here’s your chance to check out their zucchini and chimchuri breakfast bowl with poached eggs, grilled haloumi, and basil cherry tomato salad. Or try their slow-cooked lamb shoulder on mint with ricotta smashed green peas, hand-chopped pesto, and toasted almonds. And we defy you to resist their pastrami-cured hot smoked NZ salmon on buckwheat beetroot crepes.

Essential Thai dishes
12:30pm-1:15pm

Sachie Nomura is the talented chef behind NZ’s most awarded cooking school where she teaches authentic Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indian and Pacific fusion cooking.

In this demo you’ll learn how to make tom yum goong – the mouth-watering spicy soup widely enjoyed throughout South East Asia – plus stir-fried hoy sum and deep-fried snapper. Don’t worry if you’re not ‘into’ spicy food – you can adjust the spice comfort levels to suit your taste.

Rocky road dinners
1:30pm-2:15pm

This gorgeously easy dinner party menu has been created to impress the tastes of the sophisticated grown-ups and the child in all of us.

Fantastic classics like prawns in garlic (with a twist), lemony chicken carbonara, plus the grown ups’ version of rocky road, which makes a lovely gift or is just a good thing to have in the fridge when you need a little taste of sweetness. 

Simon’s simply seafood session
3pm-3:45pm

Simon Gault is famous for gathering tastes and techniques from around the world and infusing them into dishes that you and your guests will truly savour.

In this demonstration Simon presents three delicious, dazzling, and yet simple seafood recipes: roasted slipper lobster with horopito black pepper sauce, cauliflower lentils, and fresh chilli, followed by Shark Bay tiger prawns with lemongrass and chilli, plus pan-fried flounder with citrus, pink peppercorn butter, and crispy kale.

Fri

Friday 31 July

How to high tea - another little cake Madam?
10:30am-11:15am

Because it’s there. An excellent reason to collect a car full of friends and visit the Food Show to watch High Tea with Ruth. Who doesn’t deserve a day out? Taking some delicious time out with your mother, daughter, sister or just good friends is good for your soul.

A fun, creative demonstration of High Tea treats in Ruth’s inimitable style. This is all about being feminine, fun and ever-so-slightly frivolous.

Celebrating the classics
11:30am-12:15pm

Ever wanted to master a few classic family favourites but not sure where to start? Well, this class makes it easy.

Join Annabelle to get the best recipes for three Kiwi classics – mussel fritters, lazy chicken and rice, and delicious rhubarb crumble. Years of research and sampling have determined that these are ‘the best’ and so easy.

Upskill and get loads of cooking tips and laughter at this popular class. Arrive early and stay late!

Online sensation Bondi Harvest comes alive
12:30pm-1:15pm

Australian surfing buddies Guy Turland and Mark Alston are the duo behind Bondi Harvest – the online sensation that has taken the world by storm. They’ve just launched a restaurant in Bondi Junction, they have a recipe book due out later this year, and they’re cooking live at The Food Show.

Here’s your chance to check out their zucchini and chimchuri breakfast bowl with poached eggs, grilled haloumi, and basil cherry tomato salad. Or try their slow-cooked lamb shoulder on mint with ricotta smashed green peas, hand-chopped pesto, and toasted almonds. And we defy you to resist their pastrami-cured hot smoked NZ salmon on buckwheat beetroot crepes.

Depot at home
1:30pm-2:15pm

Kyle Street executive chef of Depot will demonstrate three easy to achieve recipes for you at home, which you can use to wow your friends and family. He will also share with you his thoughts on food, being a young chef and all things Depot.

Easy to entertain
2:30pm-3:15pm

Our winning duo are back to share a year of adventures.

We asked them to come up with a simple, elegant three-course meal - and they have done us proud with popcorn clams, rare beef salad to die for, and the ultimate chocolate brownie crammed with Black Doris plums.

Get ready to not only be entertained, but also be better prepared to entertain at home.

Sat

Saturday 1 August

Naughty turned nice
10:30am-11:15am

We all love the comfort classics like butter chicken, a good pie, and hot caramel fudge sundaes…but more often than not, you don’t feel great after eating it. Is it possible to indulge in these favourites, and still feel good afterwards? Nadia Lim, the Good Food Cook, shows us how to make healthier versions of these with all the flavour and wow, but not the guilt! 

Classic French cooking with a twist
11:30am-12:15pm

My Kitchen Rules judge Ben Bayly is also the award-winning Head Chef at both The Grove and Baduzzi in Auckland.

His live cooking demo features the kind of cooking for which he is justly renowned: modern dishes infused with classic French techniques.

The question is: will his ballotine of rabbit with Champagne velouté, butter poached crayfish and caviar, followed passionfruit soufflé win a place at your table?

Online sensation Bondi Harvest comes alive
12:30pm-1:15pm

Australian surfing buddies Guy Turland and Mark Alston are the duo behind Bondi Harvest – the online sensation that has taken the world by storm. They’ve just launched a restaurant in Bondi Junction, they have a recipe book due out later this year, and they’re cooking live at The Food Show.

Here’s your chance to check out their zucchini and chimchuri breakfast bowl with poached eggs, grilled haloumi, and basil cherry tomato salad. Or try their slow-cooked lamb shoulder on mint with ricotta smashed green peas, hand-chopped pesto, and toasted almonds. And we defy you to resist their pastrami-cured hot smoked NZ salmon on buckwheat beetroot crepes.

Irresistible Japanese dishes
1:30pm-2:15pm

Sachie Nomura is the talented chef behind NZ’s most awarded cooking school where she teaches authentic Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indian and Pacific fusion cooking.

In this must-attend demo Sachie will show you how to prepare sashimi and okonomiyaki, fabulously delicious pancakes that are one of the most popular dishes in Japan. So versatile in terms of ingredients and how you cook them!  You’ll take home all the tips and tricks to make your life easier.

Party on – it’s all about the cook!
2:30pm-3:15pm

Good food relies on a good cook, not on expensive and/or exotic ingredients. Dinner parties can give you performance anxiety, but there is no need to be apprehensive.

The food for this three-course dinner is practical for a busy cook to make the dishes ahead of time using natural Kiwi produce.

Mushroom tart, spiced chicken picatta with herb and date slaw, and a dessert of banana and mango salad with yoghurt and coconut cream are dishes that look way more complicated than they are, and  will make the cook look very good.

Sun

Sunday 2 August

Party on – it’s all about the cook!
10:30am-11:15am

Good food relies on a good cook, not on expensive and/or exotic ingredients. Dinner parties can give you performance anxiety, but there is no need to be apprehensive.

The food for this three-course dinner is practical for a busy cook to make the dishes ahead of time using natural Kiwi produce.

Mushroom tart, spiced chicken picatta with herb and date slaw, and a dessert of banana and mango salad with yoghurt and coconut cream are dishes that look way more complicated than they are, and  will make the cook look very good.

Simon’s simply seafood session
11:30am-12:15pm

Simon Gault is famous for gathering tastes and techniques from around the world and infusing them into dishes that you and your guests will truly savour.

In this demonstration Simon presents three delicious, dazzling, and yet simple seafood recipes: roasted slipper lobster with horopito black pepper sauce, cauliflower lentils, and fresh chilli, followed by Shark Bay tiger prawns with lemongrass and chilli, plus pan-fried flounder with citrus, pink peppercorn butter, and crispy kale.

Salmon three ways
12:30pm-1:15pm

My Kitchen Rules judge Gareth Stewart originates from the UK but has made Auckland his home.

Check out his modern but subtle take on three different salmon dishes, and let your taste buds be the judge.

Kim Evans - Little & Friday
1:30pm-2:15pm

You know you're on to something when the queue for a cafe stretches out to the pavement most weekends. So it is at Little and Friday's owned by self-taught baker Kim Evans.

Rocky road dinners
2:30pm-3:15pm

This gorgeously easy dinner party menu has been created to impress the tastes of the sophisticated grown-ups and the child in all of us.

Fantastic classics like prawns in garlic (with a twist), lemony chicken carbonara, plus the grown ups’ version of rocky road, which makes a lovely gift or is just a good thing to have in the fridge when you need a little taste of sweetness.