Lions hooker to give 'em a taste of paua

MATT STEWART
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014
Motu Matu’u
KENT BLECHYNDEN/ Fairfax NZ

PAUA TO THE PEOPLE: Logan Brown head executive chef Shaun Clouston shows Wellington Lions hooker Motu Matu’u how to cook a paua burger, which he’ll have to make unsupervised against rival players from other ITM Cup teams in a winner-takes-all cookoff to launch the 2014 domestic rugby competition in Auckland.

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The Wellington Lions could do with a win and, despite his lack of cooking prowess, hooker Motu Matu'u could be the man to give the team their first big victory since winning the national championship in 2000.

The 2014 ITM Cup domestic rugby competition begins later this month.

Players from each of the 14 teams will represent their region in Auckland today with a barbecue burger that talks up the taste of their province.

Matu'u admits he's no Gordon Ramsay, a sentiment backed up by girlfriend Sammy, who has tired of takeaways when it's his turn to cook and encouraged her man to step up for the cookoff.

Matu'u was given a speed lesson aboard Paul "Gubby" Gubb's Sweet Georgia charter vessel in Wellington Harbour yesterday, by Logan Brown head chef Shaun Clouston.

Clouston showed the Hurricanes hooker how to cook the Lions burger entry - Paua to the People - featuring locally sourced paua patties, Wainuiomata watercress, bacon, wasabi mayo, avocado butter and a splash of Garage Project Sauvin Nouveau beer.

"Beer's the secret ingredient in everything, and hopefully Motu can win without my supervision - it's about time the Lions won something," Clouston said.

Matu'u said after the culinary crash course: "I can't lose - I'm learning from the best."

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