From Manuka to Venison Taking the High Road on the South Island

In 2016 I travelled to New Zealand with Suzanne Radford presenter of the Dubai Eye 103.8 food show, The Thursday Brunch. We spent time in the kitchen with chef Graham Brown, who is one of New Zealand’s most internationally respected chefs who travels the world learning about the different ways to cook venison. We visited Prime Smoke, a family run salmon smoking enterprise, where Prime Smoke director Henry Studholme showed us around the factory and explained the salmon smoking process and I got inspired on how to use honey in the smoking process. Top on my list was seeing first hand the Manuka bushes growing in the remote part of the South Island on High Peak Country Estate. Have a listen to Suzanne and I talking to Tom Dunbar in one of the most beautiful spots in the world and what I did with the honey when I brought it back to the UAE.

The Little India Tour with Frying Pan Adventures

You can often hear me on Dubai Eye 103.8’s food show and one of the highlights was taking a tour of Dubai’s own “little India” with Frying Pan Adventures where we learn about the origins of curry and lots about chaat, pani puri, thali and Desi coffee. Its a for a roller-coaster ride of spices to the palate on a Frying Pan Adventure tour!


My Bali Hi & Superfoods

I love exploring vegetarian and vegan recipes and so I headed to Ubud with Chef Athena from Supernatural Kitchen in Dubai as she was looking for inspiration for her vegan creations. Suzanne Radford records the story and you can hear all about it here from the Dubai Eye 103.8’s podcast. They were looking for Irish moss which Chef Athena uses in her vegan cheesecakes. Its a natural binding agent. I was looking at tasting all the wonderfully healthy foods that nourish and give us energy.