Food Family & Friends Podcast

A Podcast Hosted by Vanessa Baxter

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 21: Rebel Food – Queenstown, NZ

Joe & Leoni

Joe & Leoni

RebelFood started off as a small idea by Joe and his fiancée Leoni. Having always been determined to own his own restaurant by the age of 30 and upon discovering there was a chance to use a small, local kitchen as a base for production, Joe decided that the time to move away from an idea of a restaurant and take on a different challenge had arisen.

So they decided to create something that would give New Zealanders the nutrients they need, without adding anything to harm what’s natural and without taking anything away from it. They wanted to make it convenient, nostalgic and also help people understand what food really is. They want to empower each individual person to be able to say no to consuming over-priced disease in a can, and charge them as little as they can, allowing them enough money to form communities and help schools and youth, and put trust back into the food chain.

This is the premise that has formed RebelFood and their buzzing little kitchen in Queenstown.

Their ambitions are big…

  • Provide NZ with great tasting, nutritious snacks, made with a purpose.
  • Form a community.
  • Empower a nation by providing education
  • Help schools earn extra income whilst teaching kids about food health
  • Give active people the key nutrients they need to perform
  • Be amazing!

You can join their journey on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Their blogs will tell you all you need to know about their snack boxes, and their NutriBombs.

Listen to our chat and then…. ‘Join The Uprising’ – An explosion of raw nutrition. Made by humans for humanity.

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Special thanks to Joe and Leoni for being on the podcast.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 20: Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield & Dietitian Caryn Zinn

grant-schofieldGrant is leading the wave of change in how we think about our health, including how we exercise, how we sleep, how we (and our kids) play, and how we connect. The central place real food plays in our health and wellbeing, and a desire to help people “be the best they can be”, drives his research and practice.

Dubbed “The Fat Professor”, he is at the forefront of challenging the widespread fat phobia that has pushed us to eat a diet full of processed, carb-laden food. “It’s time to help the world change,” he says. Prof Grant is a respected PhD public health academic of 20 years with all the boxes ticked in a high-achieving career.

 

 

 

Caryn is a Registered Dietitian and sports nutritionist. Her master’s degree was in the area of sports nutrition and her

caryn-zinndoctoral studies focused on how to achieve sustainable weight loss. Caryn currently combines academic work with her own clinical dietetic practice.

She believes this mix of academia and practice keeps her real and on the cutting edge of knowledge (and busy).

Special thanks to Grant and Caryn for being on the podcast.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 19: Jono Beattie – Chef & Owner of Texture Catering, Auckland NZ

Chef Jono BeattieJono Beattie is an example of a young man blessed with an innate natural skill in creating plates of delicious food which appear as works of art. His passion for flavour and his love of nature translate to meals which seem too pretty to touch.

Jono’s aspiration to be a top Chef has seen him seek inspiration and education from around the world, where he moved from place to place to gain a breadth of experience before setting out to create his own unique dining offering.

He is now the whisper around town as guests privileged to have had his bespoke, private dining experience are entranced by the degustation in-home restaurant he is able to create.

Jono is generous and giving. He cooks for charities and guides others in realising their own talents. His quiet humility is what is most endearing – along with his truly amazing ability with food.

This has led to others within the industry taking note also and since this podcast was recorded Jono has cooked along side Chef’s Blakeman, Southon and Bosley and will be a Celebrity Chef for an upcoming Ora King Slamon 2016 Collaboration dinner series alongside David Schofiled and Makoto Tokuyama.

I am privileged to have met Jono through our mutual association with Ronald McDonald House Charity, and am excited to watch his achievements and proud to call him a friend.

Jono’s Private Dining Experience is known as TEXTURE.

Find Jono on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 18: Lalele Food Truck – Organic Gelato

Lalele foodtruck operators Mulan & Nathan with Food, Family & Friends Podcast host Vanessa Baxter (middle).

Lalele is the brainchild of Nathan and Mulan who set about coming up with a healthy delicious treat for their own children – and then sharing it with the world.  This is true small batch locally made, organic gelato.

Mulan a Chinese immigrant who worked 7 days a week in her parents Fruit and Veg shop was wooed by her customer Nathan who romantically (or strategically) encouraged her to join him for dinner and then romanced her until she became his wife.  They now have 4 children and a rather time hungry Food Truck, where they have combined their passion and experience into a business that has truly become their life.

From building their own production kitchen, to working as a family at all the Street Food venues they can find – this is a story of starting from scratch – of grit and determination. It is a moving tale of long nights followed by exhausting days.

Why do they do it? Because they are passionate about bringing their healthy options to the community.  They are uplifted by their customer feedback and the continued positive vibe they get when out in their truck. They love the community of other vendors, who are building their own community together.

This is not an episode to highlight the romance of the Food Industry, nor is it an effort to put you off.  More it is the story of a journey of one couple who have been compelled by their own passion for natural flavours and the dream to one day own a property where they can grow their produce and continue to produce an organic and vegan gelato range.

See Lalele Organic Facebook page for posts, photos, reviews and upcoming events they will be serving their Gourmet Vegan Popolato – Pops.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 17: Ginny Grant – Senior Food Writer, Cuisine Magazine NZ

FoodFamilyFriends-WorldPodcasts-smallIf you are a foodie in New Zealand then you know of Ginny Grant. Her name is synonymous with well written recipes, up to date foodie news and she is often found at the yummiest of food events.

It took a lot of courage to eventually say hi to Ginny, I had revered her for years. As the Senior Food Writer for NZ’s famous Cuisine magazine I felt that she was unapproachable. How wrong I have been. Ginny is without doubt a lover of food and is also well educated and trained in her passion for cooking and writing – yet she is a warm and engaging woman who was more than happy to find time in her crazy schedule for a chat.

I feel hugely privileged to have had this opportunity and am so excited to share this episode with you.  Ginny shares her journey as a young Chef and foodie in London where she simply rocked up to The River Cafe and asked Rose Gray for a job.  Her determination and ‘get-it-done’ attitude are obvious and her love of food and family are paramount.  Ginny shares so much of herself and her philosophy around food and the journey it has woven around her own life, in this chat.

Settle in for a wonderful escapade into the real Ginny Grant – a self proclaimed over-lover of lemons, cumin, parsley and gin.

Note: for overseas listeners – try to get your hands on a copy of the NZ CUISINE Magazine – it is divine!

 

Special thanks to Ginny for coming on the podcast.

Spot her recipes in: cuisinedigital.co.nz, StoneSoup.co.nz, stuff.co.nz & farrofresh.co.nz

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 16: Stacey Morrison – Whānau Living & The Hits

Ness and StaceyStacey Morrison is a well known voice as she is the host of The Hits Drive Time each weekday afternoon with Flynny. We met on the set of Whānau Living where Stacey hosts a gorgeous bilingual home show with an emphasis on tips and techniques for enjoying your home from garden to kitchen and beyond.

I had no idea on first meeting that she was one and the same Stacey that I often listened to in the car whilst waiting to pick up my boys from school. Stacey is busy with TV and Radio and writing for magazines and hosting events. Yet, her priority is in raising her three lovely children with her husband, Scotty, who is also in media as a broadcaster and author.

Stacey is passionate about family – ‘whanau’ and the language, culture and food that ties families and friends together. She is all about keeping things natural and real – whether its in the form of fresh, healthy family meals or keeping Maori an integral part of their learning and loving of who they are at home. Stacey is genuine and a delight to chat with.
In spite of a crazy schedule she didn’t hesitate to make time for this interview and indeed to encourage my own growth through the birth of this podcast. Listeners are in for a true Kiwi treat with a beautiful soul who shares her love of her own wonderful family and all the families and friends in this great country of New Zealand.

 

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More about Stacey’s Whānau Living tv series can be found here, you can also tune in to her co-hosting The Hits Drive show or follow her on Twitter!

View Vanessa and Stacey cooking together on Whānau Living tv – moreish and approachable recipes such as ‘Cheese and Bacon Spinach Pie’, and ‘Mango Pudding with Coconut, Pineapple and Tapioca’.

 

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 15: Tony Murrell – NZ Radio/TV Host, Garden Guru

 

Tony Murrell & Ness

Tony Murrell & Ness Baxter

 

Tony Murrell is a household name in NZ as the host of The Home and Garden Show on Radio Live and one of the hosts of the TV ONE show Kiwi Living. He has the loveliest radio voice and you would think he had been in the media for his whole life.

In this interview I discover that Tony studied to be Chef in London – his claim to fame at this point being that he attended the same culinary college as Jamie Oliver (though not at the same time!)

Tony shares his passion for life and his belief that you must live doing what you love. He is enigmatic and engaging and truly appreciates the connections people make through their food and sharing it with others.

He shares his determination to never say NO but to grab opportunities as they are presented and to approach mistakes with the attitude they can be the pathways to success.

Tony’s ‘real business’ is as a Garden Designer

“I’m passionate about gardens and garden design which is why I have been in the horticultural industry for most of my working career, almost 30 years. I throughly enjoy meeting and working with people designing and building beautiful outdoor environments.”

This is an episode full of lively conversation, life-skill suggestions, upping your brave and living your life as an adventure.

I am deeply honoured to bring you this episode with this well known media figure in NZ. 

You can tune into Tony’s Home & Garden show (Radio Live) on Saturdays and Sundays from 6-8am. Check out Tony’s book – Garden Designs to Enhance your Life and his website. Also, these Facebook pages for Home and Garden and Kiwi Living.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 14: Greg Piner – Executive Chef at Vault 21, Dunedin

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Greg Piner is the Executive Chef at Vault 21 in Dunedin.  He has travelled throughout the country working as a Chef and as a Development manager within the industry for many years, sourcing new products and increasing his knowledge of cuisine.

One of his biggest loves is using fresh NZ produce with the mission of keeping food nutritious and simple yet pleasing to the eye.

Greg is a great people person – you instantly feel at ease chatting with him and he clearly understands the important role a Chef plays in mentoring staff as well as building relationships with his customers. His motto is that ‘nothing is a problem.’Greg Piner oysters

Greg loves to think outside the box and no more than in introducing critters to the menu at Vault 21! His new project is also unique in the introduction of Prohibition Moonshine – in variety of flavours – to the latest restaurant under his stewardship.

Listen in to be transported into Greg’s world of running a successful restaurant – opening a second and potentially even a third. He has some wonderful gold to share on the gaining of inspiration from around you and wholeheartedly diving into your chosen passion to build your brand.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 13: Dean Brettschneider – Global Baker

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An inspiring chat with Dean Brettschneider – internationally renowned and admired; Global Baker.
This well-travelled, standout Kiwi Baker has such an extraordinary, artistic ability and passion for baking, he has made a huge business out of it.
Listen as we chat around his former years and earlier life in Waikuku Beach, Canterbury, NZ, his fond admiration of his Grandmother who naturally baked, preserved and cooked shaping his journey to the master baker, teacher, judge and commentator he is today, with multiple stores in operation including Singapore’s first gourmet sourdough pizza restaurant.
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Dean’s Books

Dean Brettschneider has written or contributed to twelve best-selling and highly praised books.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 12: Wayne Howett – Ronald McDonald House

image1Wayne Howett is an approachable, engaging and friendly CEO – who many of the families who stay at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, know on first name basis. He is often found wandering through the House, chatting companionably with those staying there, listening as they share their day with him. His relaxed demeanour belies the huge task he has in the continual success of operating this large and essential charity for New Zealand.

As always, generous to the core, Wayne finds the time to join me in the studio to discuss his life, his love of food and travel, his beautiful family, and his philosophy on food and its intrinsic relationship with keeping families close.

We hope you feel inspired to find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities where-ever you are in the world.  If you are in Auckland and are you seeking an engaging, collaborative and rewarding team building experience for your employees please touch base with me as I run a team building experience incorporating team work, engagement, active leadership and co-operation inside the House. It will provide all the benefits of team building exercise whilst supporting an amazing charity.

If you would like to find out more about the day to day operation of the Charity – please find more information here https://rmhc.org.nz

A huge thank you to Wayne for his time today – you can follow him on Twitter: @CERMHA

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