HOME takes readers on a culinary road trip
In search of culinary greatness, HOME takes to the road with a group of readers in Auckland.
Once a year, HOME leads a group of enthusiasts around Auckland’s kitchen experts, taking in the latest in hardware, workflow, appliances and materials. It’s an intense day of discussion, to which our designers bring expertise and readers bring burning questions. This year, we started at HOME’s offices in the City Works Depot for pastries and single-origin filter coffee from Coffee Supreme, before heading to Takapuna to visit the new showroom of Kitchens by Design. Here, designers Marianne Gailer and Sue Gillbanks talked us through the design process of their two brand-new studio kitchens, and fielded some rather detailed questions from the floor. Then we headed to hardware manufacturer Blum for a workshop on kitchen design and flow, before sitting down to a fabulous long lunch by chef and writer Sam Mannering: artisan cheese with smoked fish rillettes and kumara sourdough; a warm salad of roast salmon, spuds, ricotta and capers; radiccio and wild leaves – and a glass or two of rosé. First up after lunch, we crossed town to Kouzina in Parnell, where Nicky Duggan from Evolution of Surfaces – the agents for Corian – and designer Morgan Cronin discussed new products and some beautiful recent projects. Finally, and with another glass in hand, we visited Matisse, to view the latest in kitchens by Antonio Citterio by Arclinea, made in Italy to exacting specifications by a family-owned European company. We thoroughly enjoyed having everyone along. Look out for Kitchen Day next year.
1. To begin the day, guests gathered at HOME’s City Works Depot HQ for brioche and Coffee Supreme single-origin filter coffee. 2 and 3. A leisurely lunch at Blum by Sam Mannering, featuring Five extra virgin olive oil from Cook & Nelson. 4 and 7. A kitchen by Marianne Gailer at Kitchens by Design featuring Dekton bench, marble splashback and timber cabinetry. 5. The exacting designs of Arclinea by Antonio Citterio at Matisse. 6. Checking out the versatility of Corian at Kouzina. 6