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King comes up trumps

Local NZ Beef & Lamb Ambassador Chef, Brad King from Bistro at the Falls Retreat came up trumps representing Waihi at the recent NZ Great Food Show at Mystery Creek in Hamilton. Brad competed in the Vilagrad Winery Mystery Cook Off where he and fellow contestant, Andrew Clarke of Victoria Street Bistro in Hamilton were presented with a mystery box of ingredients. They then had 20 minutes to create a dish, cooking infront of a live audience. Brad’s ingredients consisted of lamb rump, feijoas, anchovies, red wine and chocolate. “What a combination!”, he said. “I blitzed the anchovies and used them as my salt component and decided to use the sweeter components as a glaze on the lamb, which was served on a base of chickpeas, leeks and tomatoes with a truffle sausage folded through.” He must have worked out his magic as following a tasting by two members of the public, the audience were invited to vote on their favourite, with Brad coming out on top.

Brad was invited to the event in his role as Beef and Lamb Ambassador and also did a 45 minute cooking demo in the Heathcote Applicance Cooking Theatre, showcasing how to replicate the beef cheeks dish currently being served at the Bistro. He commented, “This is a great Winter recipe for home cooks, using an inexpensive cut of meat. It’s ideal for a mid-week tea for busy working people as the beef cheeks can cooked in a slow cooker while at work, beetroot chutney and pickled carrots can be made in advance and kept as pantry items, leaving only the mash to be made once you get home.”

The Falls Retreat
Opposite Owharoa Falls
25 Waitawheta Rd
Waihi 3682
Bistro: 07 863 8770




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