Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Join Celebrity Chef Author PETE EVANS for two food + wine weekends in New Zealand

Matakauri Lodge April 11-13
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers April 18-20

Award-winning Australian chef, author, and TV personality (My Kitchen Rules) Pete Evans returns to New Zealand for two fabulous weekends of love, laughter, food and wine at Matakauri Lodge (April 11-13) and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (April 18-20).

Pete Evans' relaxed, elegant cooking style, along with his blue eyes, healthy tan and charming personality have made him one of TV's favourite chefs. The My Kitchen Rules star has many loyal fans. His philosophy: Cook with Love + Laughter!
To kick things off, Pete will be joined by his fellow chef and great mate Gavin Baker, and together they will go Spanish in the South Island at Matakauri Lodge for one big weekend April 11-13. At this fun-filled food and wine weekend, Pete Pete and Gavin promise a fast-paced variety of flavours and creative combinations from tapas to racions (larger plates), inspired by Pete's travels in Spain and fond memories of San Sebastian! 
A welcome wine tasting with Duncan Forsyth from Mount Edward Wines will launch the weekend festivities on Friday evening, followed by dinner prepared by Matakauri Lodge Chef Jonathan Rogers in the stunning dining setting overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Saturday morning will have Pete and Gavin sharing their enthusiasm for Spain at an "up close and personal" cooking demonstration, where they will chat to guests and impart some cooking secrets. Saturday evening is the weekend highlight, a tribute to the great dishes of Spain dinner prepared by Pete and Gavin, with Mount Edward wine matches. 
The following weekend, April 18-20 (Easter weekend), the fun moves to Hawke's Bay in the North Island for the Pete Evans weekend at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. While the theme here is healthy, and Pete is a great ambassador for that, he swears that looking great and feeling great does not mean sacrificing flavour and fun! 
Pete promises a fabulous weekend at the Cape, culminating in a Saturday night dinner with dishes from Pete' s soon to be released book, "Pete Evans Healthy Everyday". Pete will be joined by charismatic winemaker Tim Turvey from Clearview Estate who will co-host the dinner and match the wines to each dish.
Guests can chooses to make a weekend of it and stay two nights, or simply book for the Saturday night and enjoy the special dinner. 

For guests staying two nights, the weekend at Cape Kidnappers kicks off on the Friday night with welcome drinks and dinner prepared by Lodge chef James Honore. On Saturday morning, Pete will entertain at a casual cooking demo where they will showcase dishes from the book and some insider tips from Pete on how he maintains balance in life and manages to look trim, taunt and terrific despite a relentless pace. 

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy all the great things about The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - golf, spa, farm walks, etc., before the weekend highlight - the Saturday night dinner where Pete serves a dinner guaranteed to change the way you think about healthy eating forever, along with Clearview Estate matched wines. 

Tariff* for either event for the Saturday night is $800.00 per person +15% GST* per night based on double or twin occupancy.   *Tariff includes accommodation in a suite with pre-dinner drinks and canapes and dinner each night, dinner by Pete Evans on the Saturday night with matched wines, full breakfast, complimentary mini-bar (excludes liquor and wine), and use of all lodge facilities including one 50-minute massage per person during the stay. Cape Kidnappers event guests have the choice of either unlimited green fees or a 50-minute massage per person per stay. 

Guests are encouraged to stay two nights to take advantage of the welcome drinks and dinner on Friday night and the cooking demonstration on Saturday morning, which is only available to guests staying two nights. Wines with dinner on Friday night are not included in tariff.
*Tariff for Friday night is $800.00 per person +15% GST based on double or twin occupancy.

For reservations at Matakauri Lodge contact ph: +64 3 441 1008 or email

For reservations at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers contact ph: +64 6 875 1900 or email

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