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Nourish Group and high profile chef Simon Gault part ways

After 12 years, Simon Gault is moving on from major hospitality group Nourish Group. At the forefront of New Zealand hospitality for more than two decades, Nourish Group continues to go from strength to strength with its nine-strong portfolio including flagship Euro Bar & Restaurant and the recently opened The Crab Shack in Auckland. A leading light in New Zealand’s culinary scene, Gault says the decision to move on has been difficult but he is looking forward to exploring ... more

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World experienced sommelier joins Craggy Range

One of the country’s most experienced sommeliers has been appointed customer experience manager at Craggy Range Winery in Hawke’s Bay. Advanced sommelier Michael Bancks is working towards becoming New Zealand’s second only Master Sommelier and returns to Craggy Range after three years in France. Formerly manager of Craggy Range’s Terrôir Restaurant for six years from 2004, Bancks was awarded the title of Sommelier of the Year at the Culinary Fair ... more

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France to get a sophisticated taste of Kiwi

Photo: Nick Honeyman - credit Jono Parker. Chef Nick Honeyman is living his ambition to chase the sun cooking in summer restaurants around the world. The celebrated chef has announced he is moving to France for two months to cook at and manage Le Petit Leon, a small provincial restaurant in a region that he says is “like the Mecca of food”. The South African-born chef is a seasoned traveller and has previously worked as head chef at Le Petit Leon in summers from ... more

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Fonterra announces change to Board

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced that Sir Ralph Norris has indicated he will not seek to continue his term on the Fonterra Board, following the Co-operative’s Annual Meeting on 25 November 2015. Sir Ralph joined the Board in May 2012 as an Independent Director, and made this decision because of his other commitments. Sir Ralph is also resigning from the Board of the Manager of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund, from 25 November 2015. The ... more

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New face to revamp viaduct hotspot

Viaduct venue Lenin is set for a revamp later this year – but Auckland party-goers can be assured it will retain its reputation as a nightlife hotspot. The remodel, rename and refocus for Lenin is being led by Shane McDonagh who has joined owner Showcase Hospitality as general manager across three of the group’s nightlife venues. McDonagh’s brief covers Lenin as well as nearby venues Provedor and Bungalow 8. He certainly has the right credentials with more ... more

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Heilala Vanilla celebrates 10 years since its first harvest

Success has never tasted sweeter, as New Zealand’s only pure vanilla business celebrates 10 years this month since its first harvest in Tonga. Since arriving on supermarket shelves, Heilala Vanilla has grown into a world-class food business, winning customers with its range of organically grown, bourbon variety pure vanilla products. The company has also won praise from the food industry and chefs alike, and now exports to more than seven countries. Heilala, the ... more

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Wendyl Nissen resorts to Dirty Politics

Wendyl 1;       truth, democracy and journalistic integrity 0. Healthy food campaigner Wendyl Nissen claims to be the victim of a smear campaign funded by the food industry. A self-professed lay-person, Nissen has written her weekly column, "Wendyl Wants to Know", every Saturday for the past few years. She evaluates packaged food products for healthiness and suitability for children by reading the ingredient listings. Nissen is a  newspaper columnist, ... more

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