Posts from 2008


Read More Wine Options and Macarons...

Posted on Mon, 04/08/2008

We are in the middle of Wine Options for this year - last nite was the second nite in 3 consequtive weeks, when we get together with other teams, at the restaurant on a Monday nite, when we are otherwise closed, and blind...>>>

Read More A Training Day

Posted on Wed, 13/08/2008

I lay in bed this morning, at about 5.30am listening to the rain pelting down and wondering whether I needed my head seriously examined. Rhonda and I were planning on heading up to Auckland early to attend a seminar at Taste,...>>>

Read More La Grenouille

Posted on Mon, 18/08/2008

This is an article, not a book, in the latest Vanity Fair, a magazine I love for its pastiche of articles on all sorts of subjects. Quite often I get to read fascinating detail about one of the great restaurants somewhere...>>>

Read More Brunello

Posted on Thu, 21/08/2008

Back in 2004 we did two weeks of cookschools in an idyllic farmhouse in rural Tuscany, Italy - Podere Fineri. It was our first trip to Europe ( if you over look the fact that I was born in England, but came out to NZ when...>>>

Read More Michael Pollan and a sensible approach to eating

Posted on Fri, 22/08/2008

We have been doing cookschools since 1997, and over that decade we have witnessed interesting changes in nuance with how people respond too, and talk about food. When we started out, there was appreciable reluctance from...>>>

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