Herne Bay home open­ing up to beat can­cer

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Anne Thorp is used to invit­ing New Zealan­ders into her home for her cook­ing se­ries KaiOra but not host­ing 1000 strangers in her back­yard.

The Herne Bay chef is one of 11 home­own­ers wel­com­ing the pub­lic through their doors as part of the an­nual Your Home and Gar­den Fes­tive Home Tour on Novem­ber 8.

The tour will raise funds for the World Child Can­cer Char­i­ta­ble Trust to help al­le­vi­ate child can­cer suf­fer­ing and mor­tal­ity rates in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

Tour par­tic­i­pants will can­vass 11 homes show­cas­ing the best of ar­chi­tec­ture, stun­ning in­te­ri­ors, fine food and fes­tive din­ing cre­ated on-site by lead­ing chefs.

Ms Thorp is renowned for her hos­pi­tal­ity so it seems only fit­ting she will wel­come the hun­dreds of ticket hold­ers ex­pected to walk through her front door.

‘‘This is a very busy house- hold, it’s not un­usual for peo­ple to file through,’’ she says.

Her house has gone through many makeovers from the time she first moved in 27 years ago. But it has al­ways been home to an abun­dance of ta­bles and seat­ing, ready to host guests at a mo­ment’s no­tice.

Ms Thorp has been in hos­pi­tal­ity for most of her life ei­ther in the kitchen or front-of-house in restau­rants and many will know her from her host­ess post at Pon­sonby’s SPQR restau­rant.

It was the eclec­tic vibe of Herne Bay and its sur­round­ing sub­urbs that first drew her to the area nearly three decades ago, she says.

Each house on the tour will have a dif­fer­ent fes­tive theme, from the tra­di­tional to the unique.

Ms Thorp plans to deck out her court­yard with fes­tive lilies, among which DJ Be­van Keyes will play mu­sic.

A well-known chef will be cook­ing up fes­tive treats in each kitchen, in­clud­ing New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker judge Ju­lia Crown­shaw, The Grill’s Sean Con­nolly and mag­a­zine food ed­i­tor Julie Biuso.

Guests to Ms Thorp’s home will sam­ple fresh baked salmon on toasted crou­ton canape.

It is healthy liv­ing that she cred­its with help­ing her beat the ag­gres­sive breast can­cer she was di­ag­nosed with 15 years ago.

‘‘I was cook­ing then and it ac­tu­ally honed me into what I love do­ing which is cook­ing sim­ple, healthy, fresh meals.

‘‘Diet is so im­por­tant with can­cer.

‘‘We are what we eat and it’s im­por­tant to eat well to keep well.’’

Last year’s event raised more than $70,000 for World Child Can­cer’s Pa­cific Chap­ter.

The tour takes place across Herne Bay, Devon­port, Stan­ley Bay, Nar­row Neck, Chel­tenham, Bayswa­ter and Taka­puna on Novem­ber 8 from 10am till 4pm.

Tick­ets cost $60 and are avail­able from Tick­etek.

Photo: JESS LEE

Healthy liv­ing: Chef Anne Thorp is invit­ing the pub­lic into her Herne Bay home for the an­nual Your Home and Gar­den Fes­tive Home Tour.

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