Whether you’re intrigued by organic wine-growing principles, Like to be challenged by Pinot Noir, Pining for Canterbury fine-dining or looking to expand your Christmas cooking catalogue – the South Island Wine & Food Festival is dishing up a full program of free features like our popular cooking theatres.

Gary Miller

Gary is well known for his work throughout the hospitality community in New Zealand and around the world, however he’s happiest in the kitchen working with simple, fresh ingredients and sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with an audience of food lovers.

Festival favourite Gary returns to the Cooking Theatre this year for another fun demonstration, packed full of clever tips and funny quips.

A Lady Butcher | Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller is A Lady Butcher – a lover of meat and the woman behind the knives of a business that produces some of the best charcuterie in the country. Originally hailing from Portland, Oregon, Hannah arrived in New Zealand via London, Alaska, Antarctica and Australia.

Passionate about “purposeful meats”, Hannah produces Southland Lamb Prosciutto, Free Range Pancetta and New Zealand Wagyu Bresaola, as well as teaching butchery and charcuterie classes.

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O’Connell Street Bistro | Mark Southon

Trained in Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and resident chef on TV3’s The Cafè, Mark has a genuine love for good food and always wanted to be chef.

Mark’s cooking is both refined and accessible. Mark will show you how to achieve impressive dishes with a few simple tips and tricks.

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Inati | Simon Levy

From a childhood helping to run his father’s market stall, to Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay’s The Warrington and at top London Landmarks Claridge’s and The Ivy, Simon Levy is now Founder and Chef of INATI, one of Christchurch’s leading establishments.

INATI brings to the table Simon’s life-long passion for food along with his breadth of experience in a way that brings the theatre of the chef’s kitchen to the people of Christchurch. Fun dining, in a fine way is Simon’s ethos.

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Greater Goods | Flip Grater

Flip Grater has been dedicated to making delicious vegan food for upward of two decades, as well as writing about it in two travel cookbooks. While not cooking she has pursued a successful career as a singer/songwriter with five albums under her belt and multiple international tours. She is not the owner-operator of local bistro Grater Goods.

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