Lois Daish: restaurateur, cookbook author, New Zealand Food Writers life member and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Wellington’s Number 9 on Bowen St, Mount Cook Cafe and Brooklyn Cafe & Grill have all been part of this stalwart’s career, but there’s plenty more to it. Daish has inspired food writers, chefs and home cooks through her food writing, which started in the 1970s in a Wellington newspaper. In 1984, Daish began writing recipes for The Listener and her columns were to appear for the next 25 years. In 1987, she was a founding member of the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers (now New Zealand Food Writers), which was launched to encourage camaraderie and discussion among those who made their careers in food writing.