In the Bay of Islands, join Al as you sail through the islands in search for the freshest seafood, visit local markets in the historical town of Kerikeri, and meet local kiwifruit producers. Al will give you a great insight into the local culture and the importance they place on local foods. A day’s gathering will result in a tailored menu designed by Al and cooked at the incredible Landing Residence.
New Zealand chef Josh Emett is rated amongst the best in the world but the country boy from Hamilton has never forgotten his roots. The quiet farm in Ngahinapouri - outside Hamilton in the Waikato region - where 37-year-old Emett grew up is a far cry from the bustling kitchens of the world where the proud Kiwi has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay.
Emett's rise to chef stardom has taken him on a global journey to some of the most famous and highly acclaimed eating establishments where he’s worked with top international chefs and wowed the rich and famous with his culinary talents - but he’s quick to point out the attributes of the place he still calls home.
Emett spent time in Melbourne where he was responsible for setting up Ramsay’s Australian restaurants - maze and maze Grill - Since his return to New Zealand after more than 10 years of international experience he has opened restaurants in both Queenstown and Auckland as well as appearing on New Zealand's version of Masterchef.
Emett says he discovered his passion for cooking while growing up on the family farm where he received his first cookbook at the age of nine. His family spent much of their time working on the farm so Emett says he began cooking out of necessity.