Celebrity chef shar­ing cook­ing tips

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - LIU CHEN

Well-known chef Si­mon Gault demon­strated his ex­quis­ite cook­ing skills at Metlife­care’s Dan­nemora Gar­dens re­tire­ment vil­lage last Fri­day.

He show­cased how to make some of the dishes from a range of sig­na­ture menu items he cre­ated for the re­tire­ment ser­vice provider, and talked about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind them.

Many among the 200 at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies and friends, ar­rived early to get the best spot to view Gault’s demon­stra­tion.

San­dra Scott, a res­i­dent and also chair­woman of the res­i­dents’ com­mit­tee, said ev­ery­body was ex­cited about Gault’s visit.

‘‘We’re keen to see what’s go­ing to hap­pen,’’ Scott said.

With a fo­cus on healthy and qual­ity, Gault pre­sented a Cae­sar salad and freekeh risotto with Akaroa salmon on top.

‘‘We’re look­ing for the best of things. Ev­ery­body should eat well,’’ Gault says.

‘‘You don’t want to eat food that is full of preser­va­tives, highly pro­cessed and re­fined.’’

A strong mes­sage to the res­i­dents is the fo­cus on fresh and well-made meals, food and bev­er­age ad­vi­sor at Metlife­care Gareth Car­den says.

‘‘This is a won­der­ful and ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tive [with Gault]. Metlife­care is ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the din­ning ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Car­den says.

LIU CHEN / FAIRFAX NZ

San­dra Scott, Si­mon Gault and Gareth Car­den be­fore Gault’s cook­ing demon­stra­tion at Dan­nemora Gar­dens re­tire­ment vil­lage.

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