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Ten top chefs flying in for tenth birthday party

Chefs from Melbourne, Australia, the US and UK are coming to town to collaborate with counterparts in Wellington and from other NZ cities at ten special Visa Wellington on a Plate events.

Monique Fiso prepares for Hiakai Hāngi

Top culinary talent from around New Zealand and the world will visit Wellington next month for the Chef Collaboration Series as part of Visa Wellington on a Plate’s 10th birthday celebrations, in association with Singapore Airlines and QT Museum Wellington Hotel.

All sessions for Frankie Goes To Wellywood (Frank Camorra of Melbourne’s MoVida and the Logan Brown crew present a multi-course menu of Spanish and Kiwi flavours) have sold out, and a number of other sessions from series are also fully booked.

So if you want to see local culinary talent mix it up with some of the best of the world’s chefs, get in now.

Wellington’s champion of Māori cuisine Monique Fiso is leading the cooking and serving of the four-course Hiakai Hāngi with fellow Kiwi Michael Meredith and international guests Ron Finley (LA), Morgan McGlone (Melbourne) and James Knappett (UK), presented by Kono beverages at the Lodge at Shelly Bay.

Vaughan Mabee and Adam Harrison of Queenstown’s Amisfield Bistro bring their eight-course Trust The Chef tasting menu concept to Hippopotamus, hosted by Laurent Loudeac.
Chamelon’s Chef de Cuisine Paul Limacher and Kenny Trinh of Adelaide’s award-winning Shiki join forces for a five-course meal, aired with local wines.

Kiwi chef Hayden McMillan brings the innovative style that’s gained plaudits for his modern Melbourne bistro Etta to Floriditas for just four dinners, using seasonal ingredients in ways that are sure to surprise.

Australian sensation Belles Hot Chicken will dish up fried chicken for one night only alongside local favourites Shepherd, Garage Project and Wine Diamonds in the Visa Festival Hub at Prefab Hall.

Matt Swinhoe and Dan Hong of Sydney restaurants Mr Wong and Ms G, respectively, join the team from Taranaki Street’s Mr Go’s to create a six-course Asian banquet at the Visa Festival Hub.

The Egmont Street Eatery and Casey McDonald of Craggy Range winery’s restaurant Terrôir cultivate a seasonally-inspired evening of food and wine.

The Festival of Ostara (the Germanic Goddess of spring and dawn) inspires a four-course feast from Anna Hansen, head chef and owner of London’s famed Modern Pantry, with Wellington’s Amy Gillies of Salty Pidgin.

And Al Brown returns to his old stomping ground, Boulcott Street Bistro for a long lunch of seasonal, simple and beautifully prepared dishes.

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