Cook along at home with recipes from local chefs

Here's your chance to learn from Wellington's best with at-home cooking masterclasses and recipes from some of the region's top foodies

Smoke meat with Wilson Barbecue

It’s all about the meat at this place and you’re guaranteed to have the smokiest, juiciest meat you’ve had in a while. Think brisket, ribs and pulled pork all cooked in their 1900kg smoker! Their truck is forever moving but you can usually track them down at The Third Eye or Double Vision Brewery.

But cravings don’t just go away themselves so dust off your grill, whip our your tongs and have a go at making smoked lamb with the Wilson Barbeque duo.

St John Bar & Eatery
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Cook Beef Tartare with St Johns Bar & Eatery

Situated in the historic former Wellington Free Ambulance building, this popular waterfront bar and restaurant is the place to be on a sunny day. St Johns sheltered outdoor area has grassy lawn where you can pull up a bean bag or a deck chair and enjoy an alfresco drink and snack. St Johns Head Chef is cooking up a storm from home and with his recipe, you can too! Try Rex Xie’s Beef Tartare served deconstructed. Keep an eye on their social media for more.

Make breakfast with Fix & Fogg

Located at the very heart of Wellington, in New Zealand’s tastiest little laneway, you’ll find a peanut butter flag pointing you in the direction of a surprisingly lengthy menu of toast or porridge options. 

Established in 2014, the team went from selling 15 jars a week at a farmers market in Hataitai, they now export their peanut butter to Australia, the USA, Singapore, the Philippines and beyond making this peanut butter world-class.

Get your hands on a jar of your favourite peanut butter from Fix & Fogg and create the best breakfast your house has ever seen. Fix & Fogg have lots of fun recipes to bring your toast to life, or create a smoothie bowl or dig into a porridge recipe. Or roll up your sleeves and create an afternoon treat for yourself.

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Fix & Fogg peanut butter on front counter
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Bake white bread with Grace Patisserie

This patisserie is a place for the freshest, crispiest hand-rolled croissants and deliciously delicate house-made French pastries and desserts with a slight Asian influence. Starting this patisserie has been a life-long dream for husband and wife team, Mariah and Andrew Grace, they wanted to share beautifully crafted desserts and pastries with the community.

Now you can bake your own bread with the help of the team at Grace Patisserie by simply heading to their Instagram highlight section. No sourdough starter, no problem!

Make fried rice with The House of Dumplings

The House of Dumplings were the first to bring commercial dumplings to Wellington back in 2012. When Vicki Ha decided to set up a stall at the City Market in Wellington she spent 17 hours making her first lots of dumplings and they sold out within 2 hours.

As a side to the dumplings, you previously bought from the supermarket make fried rice with the instructions by Vicky. If you are not a meat eater then there is a plant-based recipe here.

Chow Curry

Cook chicken curry with Chow

One of Wellington’s most-loved restaurants, Chow serves up fresh, contemporary takes on Asian eats along with a line-up of delicious drinks in a cool-casual setting. Put the cherry on top of your dining experience by ordering one of their infamous cocktails.

Chow’s executive chef Kristan Mulcahy has revealed the recipe to the curry that was part of their entry for Wellington On A Plate 2019. Look out for more recipes on their social media to impress your household.

Bake something sweet with Lashings

Lashings is known for their next-level boutique brownies mixed with a variety of flavours including Fix & Fogg peanut butter or even Vegemite. After years of working at some of London’s 5-star hotels and high-end restaurants, British pastry chef Jackie Morrison moved to Wellington and saw an opportunity to start creating the food she wanted to feed people.

While she hasn't revealed the secret behind her brownies, you can try making your own Banana bread or Brioche bread recommended by Jackie or watch her make the infamous SoNut. For more recipes follow Lashings on social media.

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Make Summer Rolls with Nam D Vietnamese

Nam D Wellington is a small Vietnamese restaurant that is tucked away by the Cable Car and at their newest location, Press Hall. Street food is a big part of the Vietnamese food culture and no doubt their Banh Mi proves this concept is a crowd favourite during the lunchtime rush.

If you have a hankering for fresh Vietnamese food then why not master these summer rolls with Nam-d chef Nicki and her niece Abby. These are fun for all the family!

Bake Rhubarb & Apple Crumble with The Regal Shortbread Co.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with The Regal Shortbread Co. delicious shortbread biscuits. Originally, these biscuits were only used as a way to fundraise for an overseas trip to Germany. But these buttery sweet treats were too moreish to only come around every so often. So Anita Vogt from Whitby set up a spot at the Thorndon Farmers Market to make it easier for you to try all flavours of these yummy treats.

There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baking. So why not put those oats to good use by making this Rhubarb and Apple pie by Anita Vogt from Regal Shortbread Co. 

Keep an eye on their social media for regular recipe video tutorials.

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Cafe Polo Pretzel

Make Tabasco & Cheese Pretzels with Cafe Polo

Cafe Polo in Miramar has a reputation for exceptional food and professional bistro-style service and they bring only the best local produce to the table. Back in the 1800s, Wellington very own Polo Matches were played in the area and that’s where the café got its name.

Nothing like a fresh pretzel to get you through the colds nights and café Polo has shared their spin on the classic dish. Try making their Tabasco and Cheese pretzel and don’t forget to eat these fresh out the oven!

Bake a sweet treat with Tomboy

This small boutique café and cakery that’s perched on Majoribanks street are known for its gorgeous cakes and cabinet treats. The feel of the café is much like a family home where you sit at the large communal table having conversations with others while watching the bakers prepare their next masterpiece. Watch as they put the final touches of flower petals on their custom made cakes.

Lucky for you they have many recipes you can also bake yourself at home. Many who of attempted making the delicious brownie but have you tried a Turkish Coffee Brownie with Tomboy? Explore the other recipes Tomboy has available for you. Look out for Sourdough Banana loaf, Turkish coffee brownies, pita bread and banana pancakes!

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El Horno Sangria

Mix up some sangria with El Horno

Without a doubt this Hispanic-themed bar, El Horno is a place where people on Courtenay Place get there groove on.  Whether it’s the weekend or after work, end your day by dancing to live music with your friends and getting a jug of their well-known sangria to share.

The bartenders at El Horno have blessed our bubbles by publishing their delicious sangria recipe. So grab your self some fresh fruit and mix up this after-dinner treat.

Whip up a vegan meal with Sweet Release

Wellington’s first-ever fully vegan café, Sweet Release has launched a print-at-home vegan cookbook that doubles as a colouring-in book. It has 40 vegan recipes and 40 colouring-in pages and your purchase also goes towards a pay it forward meal for a person in need when their Willis Street shop reopens.

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Lashings Jackie Lee Morrison brownies
Soul Shack Chicken Pandemic Pack
The Taste of Home Pandemic Pack

The Pandemic Pack Cookbook

The Pandemic Pack Cookbook features 41 recipes from 16 local Wellington businesses, created in their kitchens and ready to be recreated in yours.

Many of these businesses are currently unable to trade but this hasn’t stopped them from doing what we've always done: sharing community through food.

This e-cookbook has a suggested base price of $10, but you’re encouraged to pay what you can.

Buy a copy for yourself or for your fav foodie friend.

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