The Chef and the Foodlovers

Twenty foodlovers, one chef and some trusty side-kicks cooked up a storm in the Electrolux Chef’s Secrets tent at last week’s Taste of Auckland 2016.  Marc Soper from Wharekauhau Lodge shared the recipe for one of his signature dishes – Manuka bark smoked Ora King Salmon, goat’s cheese, gin, local garden fruits and vegetables – for us to recreate.

 Ora King Salmon three ways

Ora King Salmon three ways

Welcomed by Julie Biuso and a punchy, passionfruit vodka cocktail this hands-on class kicked into action.  Divided into small groups – knife technique, smoking expertise, presentation and plating skills came to the fore, with the end result looking and tasting pretty impressive.

 Vodka cocktails to get things underway...

Vodka cocktails to get things underway...

 Our delightful host, Julie Biuso with Michelle from The Foodie Inc

Our delightful host, Julie Biuso with Michelle from The Foodie Inc

 Smoker in action (lid lifted for photo)

Smoker in action (lid lifted for photo)

 Mastering the plating technique

Mastering the plating technique

 Getting the plates perfect

Getting the plates perfect

 Finishing touches

Finishing touches

Our shared lunch was enjoyed with a glass of Single Estate Pinot Gris from Ara Wine, and to finish a sweet surprise from Miann

 Our shared table

Our shared table

 Miann provided the most mouth-watering dessert

Miann provided the most mouth-watering dessert

The Electrolux Chef’s Secrets are a fabulous way to interact with chefs at Taste of Auckland. and brilliant value for money, only $15 each.  It will be interesting to see who heads the line-up next year – can’t wait!

Michelle