At my place: Celebrity chef Brett McGregor's "rough round the edges" home

McGregor with his son Jack, 13, and wife, Tracey.
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McGregor with his son Jack, 13, and wife, Tracey.

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."  

McGregor likes entertaining outdoors, and doesn't mind drop-in visitors
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McGregor likes entertaining outdoors, and doesn't mind drop-in visitors

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.

The view from McGregor's house in Titirangi, west Auckland.
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The view from McGregor's house in Titirangi, west Auckland.

 

Love this dude #Thailand #hugthailand best place to travel with kids

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#titirangi

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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.

 

#orca #beach #cornwallis #family

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Best kept secret about the area you live in:
The space.

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:
The dishwasher.

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:
Larb Gai.

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.

Favourite flowers:
I like lilies.

Favourite colour combination:
I love white with splashes of colour.

 - Stuff

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