ABs host city luncheon

World Cup winners cook and wait tables

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2013

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The All Blacks traded in the famous jersey for white chefs jackets to show off their culinary skills at a West Auckland restaurant this week.

Winger Cory Jane was in full control as he barked orders from the kitchen to his two All Black waiters, Owen Franks and Ali Williams, at The Falls restaurant in Henderson.

The players were playing hosts for a luncheon by Telecom's Waitakere Business Hub, on Tuesday.

And Williams wasn't hesitant in dishing out quick wit and playful insults to his chef.

''We've got hungry people out there, table three has been waiting too long. Hurry up!''

The canapes included salmon and bacon with a variety of garnishes.

''I don't cook at home, but I do enjoy a good pizza or a steak,'' Williams said.

Jane, as he worked the stove, paid tribute to his family for helping with the everyday kitchen duties.

''I've got a pretty good wife, she usually does the washing up,'' he said.

Franks looked right at home serving customers, but insisted he would not be giving up his day job.

''I prefer to be playing footy than waiting.''

The Falls owner Garry Bates said it was "outstanding" to have the All Blacks at the restaurant.

''The boys in the kitchen are happy to have them, and definitely the girls as well,'' he said.

Telecom's Darrin Hewitt said it was great to see the players in a relaxed environment.

''Although I'm Australian, I'm supporting the All Blacks today.''

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