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Josh gives them a taste of Kiwi

Last updated 05:00 25/08/2013

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Masterchef Josh Emett gave Team New Zealand some extra star power in San Francisco last night - Michelin star power.

The 39-year-old Emett, who has worked alongside the hot-tempered Gordon Ramsay in London and won his own Michelin stars in Melbourne, flew to San Francisco to cook for a six-course America's Cup gala dinner.

More than 250 guests turned up at the Old Ferry Building in San Francisco yesterday morning NZ time. Each course of the Nespresso Grand Chef Rendezvous was created by a different celebrity chef.

Alongside Emett were Thomas Keller, who runs The French Laundry restaurant in California, and Michelle Bernstein, Mauro Colagreco, Marc Forgione and Yannick Alleno - all holders of a Michelin Star.

The dinner was organised by coffee-maker Nespresso, a sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand. Among the guests at the dinner was Team NZ head Grant Dalton.

Emett presented a seared venison loin with black grapes with Nespresso Arpeggio, celeriac, and Enoki mushrooms.

Ahead of his dish being served, Emett who was described to the crowed as one of the "best chefs in the world", told diners: "It is a long way to come for a dinner."

He said he chose venison because it was close to his heart. It was also among the dishes New Zealand does best. "And, of course, because I'm representing New Zealand. Go Team New Zealand."

Emett, who recently opened his own restaurant Rata in Queenstown, discovered his passion for cooking while growing up on the family farm where he got his first cookbook at the age of nine.

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