Marlborough takes starring role in first episode of Best of New Zealand with Nick Honeyman

Judy Ibbotson, left, and Neal Ibbotson, centre, give Nick Honeyman, right, a guided vineyard tour at Saint Clair Family ...
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Judy Ibbotson, left, and Neal Ibbotson, centre, give Nick Honeyman, right, a guided vineyard tour at Saint Clair Family Estate.

Marlborough food, farms and families will star in the first episode of a new television show starting next week.

Auckland-based chef Nick Honeyman​ explores the region for Best of New Zealand with Nick Honeyman, travelling to a salmon farm, a winery and deep into the Sounds.

Nick says the journey has been "amazing".

Nick cooks a curry for filming in the Marlborough Sounds for new series Best of New Zealand with Nick Honeyman.
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Nick cooks a curry for filming in the Marlborough Sounds for new series Best of New Zealand with Nick Honeyman.

"To see where such a perfect product comes from and the effort that goes into producing it is inspiring. Saint Clair [Family Estate] was incredible. The family was so lovely and I felt like I left with new friends."

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The Michelin star chef learnt his trade working in kitchens on his gap year and was "hooked straight away", he says.

Nick's Thai red curry with Omega Seafood's mussels and littleneck clams.
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Nick's Thai red curry with Omega Seafood's mussels and littleneck clams.

"Food is something we need and think about every day. I love that it has consumed my life and that I live my dream every day. Cooking uses so many different skills that I love to be challenged by, creativity, practicality and time management, just to name a few."

He has worked as an executive chef at several restaurants in New Zealand and recently opened his first restaurant, Paris Butter, in Auckland.

The episode in Marlborough will show viewers how to make salmon en papillote, almond and apple puff pastry roses, and a Thai red curry with mussels and clams, among other treats.

Nick also shares some top cooking tips. 

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"Always start at room temperature, the golden rule. Also, don't season food too early, it will draw moisture out, and when it hits the pan it will take the temperature down immediately and stew the seafood."

The first episode of Best of New Zealand with Nick Honeyman will screen on TV ONE on July 9 at 4pm.

 - The Marlborough Express

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