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6 & 7 July 2024

Lerryn Hawken

Unique food geeks

Lerryn 's grandfather was the inspiration that first got him keen on becoming a chef. He credits his grandfather who spent all weekend in the kitchen "cooking bad ass english food". It was also around the same time Jamie Oliver became famous and he wanted a job that involved passion and creativity.

After working in some of the best kitchens in the world and having success here in New Zealand, Lerryn paved his own path to discovering his unique style of food and share his knowledge with others.
As head chef and owner of Unique Food Geeks, he is passionate about healthy delicious meat, vegan and entirely gluten-free food creations.

Get to know Lerryn:

Favourite restaurant/or café in the Waikato to go out to:


Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?


The kitchen utensil you can't live without?


If you didn’t become a chef what would you have been?


What is your one ingredient that is your staple?


Saturday night in with a movie, what is your comfort meal?

Anything i don't cook.

Where to see Lerryn:


Gourmet Vegan At Home

Got a fancy event on the horizon? Join Lerryn Hawkins from Unique food Geeks as he takes you on a journey to create seriously delicious vegan food at home. Complete with recipes, exploring modern techniques and ingredients that are now readily available to home cooks, you will come away feeling ready to tackle your own well balanced nutritious meals.

His advice to new cooks

"Dont be afraid to try anything."