We sit down with Josh Emett, New Zealand’s world renowned chef to discuss his background and passion for cooking. His four dishes featuring on the Woop Foodie menu; All Green Salad with Ginger Garlic Prawns and a Pistachio Wasabi Pea Crumb (delivered on the 23rd and 24th February), Herbed Spiced Couscous with Caramelised Onion and Dukkha Crusted Lamb (delivered on the 1st and 2nd March),Fragrant Thai Lemon Chicken with Steamed Rice (delivered on the 8th and 9th March) and Sesame Beef kofta in Pita with Seeded Slaw (delivered on the 15th and 16th March).
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Waikato I first got interested in food when working at an old peoples home when I was 15. I studied Practical Cookery & Catering at Waikato Polytechnic and headed off to Auckland soon after and then over to the UK when I was 20. After some tough kitchens I found myself with the notorious Kitchen of Gordon Ramsay who I stayed working for over 10 years working in London, NY, LA and Melbourne. I am loving being back in NZ and have several restaurants across NZ.
What is the future of cooking?
Local, Sustainable, Minimal Waste. We have to be mindful of the food systems effect on the planet.
Do you have a food philosophy?
Start with great ingredients, focus on flavour and solid technique.
What’s the most important thing about cooking?
Time and Temperature.
What are some of your favourite ingredients to cook with?
I love root vegetables like Jerusalem artichokes, celeriac etc.
Having grown up fishing with my Poppa and Dad I love freshly caught seafood.
Tell us about your Woop dishes?
All Green Salad with Ginger Garlic Prawns and a Pistachio Wasabi Pea Crumb
This is one of my go-to salads, it is fresh, delicious and with a fantastic dressing.
Delivered on 23rd and 24th February
Herbed Spiced Couscous with Caramelised Onion and Dukkha Crusted Lamb
This is a couscous dish I have made for 10 years, I love the combination of textures, spices & herbs.
Delivered on 1st and 2nd March
Fragrant Thai Lemon Chicken with Steamed Rice
This is a delicious fragrant Thai inspired one pan wonder, quick and always well received.
Delivered on the 8th and 9th March
Sesame Beef kofta in Pita with Seeded Slaw
This was a dish that I used to make for the kids and then we realised we enjoyed eating as much as our boys. I love the pitta pocket packed full of flavour.