At my place: Celebrity chef Brett McGregor's "rough round the edges" home
It should come as no surprise that celebrity chef and former Cantabrian Brett McGregor's go-to dish at home is a Thai creation - Larb Gai. After all it's his expertise with Asian food which helped him take out the title of New Zealand's first MasterChef and inspired his latest book Chop Chop: Asian-Inspired Family Favourites.
McGregor now lives in a 1960s Dutch kitset home in the leafy west-Auckland suburb of Titirangi with his wife, Tracey, and their son, Jack, 13.
The Taste of a Traveller presenter loves to entertain outside and welcomes unexpected guests who McGregor says make him feel "off guard, but happy."
Describe your house in two sentences:
A two-storey 1960s Dutch kitset house that's a little rough around the edges.
Describe your style:
Ethnic and modern.
Where is your home and who lives there with you:
Titirangi. I live with my beautiful wife, Tracey, and 13-year-old son, Jack.
*At my place: TV weather presenter Renee Wright's kid-friendly bungalow
*At my place: Shortland Street actress JJ Fong
*At my place: Radio host Jay-Jay Harvey's Westmere villa
*At my place: 'Creative Living' stylist Kate Alexander
First thing you do when you get home each day:
Give Tracey a kiss and head for the fridge.
Best new buy:
Bodega Rubs - the tastiest range of meat rubs on the planet.
Proudest DIY moment:
The planter boxes I built around our first house in Christchurch. They're an amazingly attractive design and are still holding together today.
Favourite spot to relax:
I love to relax on a beach. And I like to do nothing, except drink a cocktail.
Best kept secret about the area you live in:
Best money I ever spent on the house:
The new deck. It gave us increased space to entertain and hang out.
Favourite way of entertaining:
Outside if possible. I love a good BBQ and a glass of wine as the sun sets.
Best kitchen tool:
The coffee machine. Everything starts from there in the morning.
I can't live without:
The occasional chocolate milk. I am obsessed with milk. I grew up drinking it by the litre and this tradition has continued.
Favourite piece of furniture:
The bed. After all, that is where I would like to spend a touch more time.
Favourite artwork or family treasure:
I love the art we have in the house for the simple reason that each piece tells a story of a time, place or emotion. I love that about art. A story within a story.
Favourite household appliance:
One thing I'd like to change around my house:
I would love to change the fact I don't have a swimming pool.
What's your signature dish:
Double-cooked pork belly, chilli caramel and apple slaw.
What's your quickest dinner idea:
How do you feel about unannounced guests:
Off guard, but happy.
Shoes on or off in your house:
Shoes are off in ours.
Favourite/least favourite household chore:
Doing the dishes.
What's one domestic/housework/gardening trick you've learnt over the years:
Pick up as you go.
I like lilies.
Favourite colour combination:
I love white with splashes of colour.