Recently Jean Teng and Charlotte Muru-Lanning raised the issue of diversity in food writing in New Zealand in an article for The Spinoff that got us all talking. We asked some of our members what they think we as an industry (and as individual writers) could do differently. Genie de WitDiversity in writing is so important. Immigrants … Continue reading Is New Zealand food writing too white?
Lauraine Jacobs shares her thoughts on why she thinks we need a Ministry of Food. The Ministry of Food is not my idea. I first heard Kate Fraser, food writer for the Christchurch Press suggest it back in 2006. I heard it again at a government sponsored conference in 2008, 20/20 Food Vision. It’s a … Continue reading Is it time for a Ministry of Food?
Many of us will have used this downtime to learn new skills, or maybe just think about learning new skills? (no judgement here). Michelle Sokolich is an ex TV producer who runs Show & Tell video and has worked with some of our members – especially Helen Jackson – for clients such as Pams, NZ … Continue reading Professional Development: Recipe Videos
With the closure of Food and Taste and the loss of all the food content from other Bauer publications we’re only left with a handful of culinary titles. Of course the first that come to mind are Cuisine and dish, huge champions of everything that is New Zealand food. We spoke to Sarah about how … Continue reading Our new food media landscape: Part 2
Covid-19 has meant huge change for us as food writers and photographers; and the sudden fall of Bauer has only compounded this. We chatted to Kelli Brett about how she feels about the future of New Zealand food media. Kelli Brett, Editor of Cuisine Magazine How do you feel when your magazine is deemed non-essential … Continue reading Our new food media landscape: Part 1
Marisa Bidois, Chief Executive Officer of the Restaurant Association, has been in and around the hospitality business for two decades but has never seen anything like the impact of Covid-19. She tells us what life has been like for the last two months, and how blown-away she is by the resilience of her industry. “All … Continue reading A word from the Restaurant Association on Covid-19
Celia Hay, founder of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, reflects on a life in hospitality. We are certainly living in strange and curious times. Over the weekend of 14/15 March, I celebrated 25 years of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine with past and current students, family and friends. I … Continue reading Celia Hay: ‘This too shall pass’
Carolyn Lister reports back from an adventure into Persian cooking in Christchurch. As a single parent I’ve had a number of years focussed on my 14 year old twins. I promised myself this year I would dedicate some more time to ‘me’ activities now they are old enough to be left home alone. In late February … Continue reading A taste of Persia
Lynda Hallinan wishes she could turn back time, even if only for five weeks. If a week is a long time in politics, it must feel like a lifetime for our devastated tourism and hospitality sectors. Just last month I spent a week on the Chatham Islands, admiring the unique plant life while eating my … Continue reading Eating away: Chatham Islands
Michelle Tsang – who you might recognise as @petitesweetsnz from Instagram – was a finalist in The Foodies last year for her blog, Hopes Dreams Aspirations. For my day job, I work in urban planning. Creating links with and within communities is what I like about my work. Being able to help and train others … Continue reading what i’m cooking…Michelle Tsang