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6 & 7 July 2024

Peta Mathias

Chef, Writer & Culinary Tour Host

Peta Mathias MNZM is a respected and prolific chef, author and broadcaster who hosts gastronomic tours all over the world. She has written seventeen books on food, travel, love, life and what happens if you beat things til stiff, and presented the primetime television series Taste NZ for 12 years. 

Her latest book is ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ - unusual love stories from around the world. Peta normally lives half the year in Auckland and half in Uzès in the South of France teaching at her cooking school.

Peta will be teaching recipes from her cooking school so the theme is South of France. Southern French food is pungent, in your face and bursting with sunshine. It’s colourful and full of unusual flavours like aniseed, lavender, saffron and nutmeg and makes you want to just jump right out of your skin with happiness (or maybe that’s the rosé!).

Get to know Peta:

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

Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery

Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?

Hanger steak

The kitchen utensil you can't live without?

Cuisipro grater

Any advice to new cooks?

Read the recipe carefully then do what you like

What is your one ingredient that is your staple?

Olive oil

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

Cheese on toast

Where to see Peta...