16 Aug 2016: Waikato Food Producers Feature in New TV One Cookery Show

Some iconic Waikato food and beverage producers, including Greenlea Premier Meats, Zealong Tea Estate and Southern Belle feijoa orchard feature in Nick Honeyman’s new TV series, which screens on TV One at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 20th August.

Nick Honeyman is one of Auckland’s hottest young chefs- and his new show takes him on a culinary journey around New Zealand, sampling some of the best, freshest produce along the way.

Filming took place over 12 months and saw Nick visit a variety of Waikato locations, including “Te Akau Stud”, near Ngaruawahia - owned by David Ellis and his wife Karyn Fenton-Ellis. One of New Zealand’s top racehorse owners, David was keen to show Nick some of his best thoroughbreds but the main focus of the visit was the stud’s prime beef cattle- which head to Greenlea Premier Meats for processing. The company has two plants in Hamilton and Morrinsville and meat is sent all around the world. After the farm tour, Nick did some cooking, producing a spectacular beef with mushrooms and a chimichurri sauce.

Harvesting was well underway when Nick called into see “Southern Belle Orchard” in Matamata, owned by Franz and Tineke de Jong. Nick loved the fresh taste of the feijoas- which reminded him of guavas, which he enjoyed as a boy in South Africa. Nick was interested to learn the orchard had won a Waikato Sustainable Farming award last year. Nick was inspired to create a raw fish and feijoa dish, plus two feijoa desserts- much to the delight of the hungry orchardists.

In the final part of the show, Nick visited Zealong Estate, near Gordonton and learnt how to pick leaves from the bushes in the organic tea plantation. He also enjoyed a tea tasting session before whipping a classic French chocolate tart, using Whittaker’s Green Oolong flavoured chocolate. The weather was stunning and the crew captured some stunning aerial drone shots over the plantation.

All the food and beverage producers featured in the series export to South-east Asia and the series will also be screened on the “Asian Food Channel”- the premier food and lifestyle channel in this region- which screens to 11 countries and 130 million viewers.

Nick Honeyman’s new restaurant “Paris Butter” in St. Mary’s Bay, Auckland opened in May and has been an instant hit with diners. The restaurant was formerly known as “Vinnies” and was something of an Auckland icon but Nick has turned the eatery into a French-style bistro, with a bold new styling and Nick and his team have received fantastic reviews.

“Best of New Zealand with Nick Honeyman” is made by Auckland-based production company, KM media- which specialise in food and lifestyle programmes. Their previous series, “New Zealand with Nadia Lim” was very popular with TV viewers.