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