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Cityscape Foodie File
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With the resurgence of making things yourself and the added pressure reality television cooking shows are piling onto even the most basic concept of hosting a dinner party, there’s never been a better time to take charge in the kitchen and upskill your at-home gourmet game. Read on for the lowdown on where and how to learn to make your own cheese, pasta and preserves and through to doling out delicious desserts, the satisfaction of baking your own bread, curing your own meats and pulling off an epic, multi-course dinner party for the ages – who says you can’t take the heat? As luck would have it, rather than taking the ‘a magician never reveals his tricks’ approach, many of our city’s top chefs are only too happy to let the rest of us in on their killer kitchen secrets, with a number of Christchurch’s best eateries running associated cooking...
Cityscape Foodie File
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Catering and hires business Continental has stepped things up a notch with the appointment of Simo Abbari as Executive Chef.If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s well known amongst foodies in the city – Moroccan-born Simo is the taste-maker behind delicatessen/cafe/cooking school Mosaic by Simo in Addington and pre-quake, Restaurant Simo’s at the Crowne Plaza. Simo has vast and diverse experience in the industry, having trained in classical French cuisine, worked in kitchens around Europe and North Africa, and overseeing first-class airline catering from Tripoli before moving to our neck of the woods 22 years ago and working at the Millennium Hotel, Christchurch Parkroyal, Convention Centre and Westpac Trust Centre before opening his own ventures, which quickly became local favourites.As Continental’s Executive Chef, Simo will be overseeing the cuisine direction all Continental’s food-based activities: Event Catering (weddings, private occasions, public and sporting events, corporate catering, conferencing and tradeshows); the Alff...
Cityscape Gourmet Food
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Ever wanted to eat and drink your way around New Zealand without leaving the city? Well your prayers have been answered over 13 – 15 September when The Food Show Christchurch rolls into town for three calorific days. Bringing gourmet goodness and decadent drops from pointy end to pointy end of the country, along with a massive showcase of local fare, the Show is also a great place to pick up a few tips from the live cooking demos and Masterclasses with culinary legends Bevan Smith, Nici Wickes, Sean Connolly, Jonny Schwass and Andrew Brown. Make sure you swing by the Barry’s Bay Cheese exhibit and pick up some of their Wainui Special Vintage – it’s banging! www.foodshow.co.nz...
Cityscape Need to know
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Are you a sucker for those TV cooking shows? Don’t worry, many of us are. But if you find yourself saying, I could do better than that, then how about joining your own master class (TV camera optional). One Day Chocolate School [11 Mar & 22 Apr, 10:30am – 3:30pm] Book it: www.shechocolat.com, $195. A day of chocolate immersion (not quite literally, but almost!); becoming a discerning chocolate eater (no, eating a box of Roses in one sitting doesn’t count!), morning tea and lunch. Spanish Cooking Class [22 Mar, 7pm] Mediterranean Foods Book it: www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz, $50. Learn how to cook octopus, salt cod fritters, lamb caldereta braised in a cazuela and an almond tart to finish. Fresh Pasta Class [29 Mar, 7pm] Mediterranean Foods Book it: www.mediterraneanfoods.co.nz, $40. Learn how to make filled pasta like ravioli and tortellini, plus long and shaped pasta. Two Day Chocolate School [31 Mar – 1...