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Childhood Memories - Maori Art Market


Thu 6 Oct 2011, 11:00am–12:00pm
Thu 6 Oct 2011, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Fri 7 Oct 2011, 11:00am–12:00pm
Fri 7 Oct 2011, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Sat 8 Oct 2011, 11:00am–12:00pm
Sun 9 Oct 2011, 11:00am–12:00pm

Where: Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Celebrated Maori chef Rex Morgan, from Boulcott Street Bistro, will add a sense of taste and smell at the 2011 Maori Art Market.

Morgan will be running a demonstration series of contemporary Maori food, which he’s called “childhood memories” and will reveal how to achieve subtle hangi flavours the contemporary way. He says tasters will be able to close their eyes and let the food take them back to mildly smoky full-flavoured hangi feasts they will remember as youngsters on their marae. He will use traditional titi (muttonbird), karengo (seaweed) and bush herbs in a modern context that people can use in their everyday kitchens at home.

Helping the master chef with his work will be two Maori trainee chefs Thomas McBride from Porirua and Graham Snelgar from Grenada, both students at Whitireia Polytechnic who have been warned to expect “a bit of the Gordon Ramsay style”. But the softer side of Morgan shows through when he says he hopes to motivate his helpers and inspire other young Maori to think about careers as chefs. “Young Maori, who are prepared to work hard, make excellent chefs, and once they become established, the world’s their oyster,” Morgan says.

Thomas, aged 32, a butcher by trade, was inspired to become a chef after watching the food shows on television. He won a silver medal in this year’s food festival and his knowledge of meat cuts is already giving him a good start to his new career. Graham, aged 23, is a father to three young children and soon to be a fourth, has a background in adventure tourism, but switched careers to the food industry after finding a passion for cooking at home and wanting to be sure his wife and young family were eating healthy food.

Morgan, who is a regular on television food shows here and abroad, is the consultant chef to Air New Zealand business class and has won every major New Zealand culinary award going. He has travelled the world and cooked for members of the Royal Family, European presidents, international politicians, fashion designers, musicians and actors.