Hospitality Business Magazine

Guest chefs to lead Wellington food exposé


Top (l-r)Al Brown, right Graham Brown, Bottom (l-r) Ruth Pretty MNZM, Josh Emmett

Kiwi food legends Al Brown, Graham Brown and Josh Emett will join Pinot Noir NZ’s culinary director – Wellington food legend Ruth Pretty MNZM –  in delivering a three day exposé on the local food scene in Wellington from January 31 to February 2 2017.

The 3-day programme provides  access to world-class keynote speakers, cutting edge opinion and robust discussion, all to a backdrop of New Zealand cuisine, film, music and tastings 

Al Brown – a national treasure – is the restaurateur behind Auckland eateries Depot and Federal Delicatessen, as well as the Montreal-style bagel factories Best Ugly Bagels. Al takes centre stage as guest chef on day one.
Graham Brown, guest chef for day two, is a huge food talent and one of the country’s top culinary ambassadors, having cooked for royalty and celebrities across the globe.

Guest chef on day three, Josh Emett, worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, and has judged Masterchef New Zealand since its start in 2011. He has a number of restaurants around the country; Rātā in Queenstown, Ostro in Britomart,  Auckland, and Madam Woo in Queenstown and Hamilton.

 Ruth Pretty has been culinary director for Pinot Noir NZ since 2001, is  considered a catering genius, with a terrific understanding of what it takes to create great food for Pinot lovers.

 The activity that takes place after 5pm is a really important part of Pinot, so it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the very best in NZ wine and food to our guests from around the world”.

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